Does such a device exist? The utility of a kit that would simply allow one to connect and switch amongst various optical or coax S/PDIF connected gear would be amazing, IMO, yet I don't see anything in my Google search for such a blessing.
At some point Halcyon, you may have to start buying real hardware instead of tiny specialty products...the way you are going, you are spending a lot more money than you have to by focusing on very specific needs, and at the end your gonna have a store shed with a lot of redundant "stuff" that you won't use later on. =P
lol. things like this make me glad that my dad is in the home audio/video buisness. discounted and ocasional freebies are great.
investing in a good reciever is never a bad decesion.
if you get a good one (id recommend one with hdmi outputs for futureproofin) then you can use that for now and later on you could always use it for home theater or something.
i can hook up 5 digital connections into my receiver. (3 opt 2 coax) saldy i have no hdmi. hdmi is really where everything is headed. audio and video over one small cable is awesome. 5 cables in one thin one
my house's modo is "there is a home for every tv (we have like 7) stereo reciever (have 4) and speaker (couldnt ever count) and no my family isnt rich, its just comes with the business lol.
I had a Denon AVR-3805, which I thought was pretty good, it had a lot of connectivity, yet I felt like I wasn't really using much so I sold it to a friend that wanted to get into home theater. I kind of wish I'd not sold it because I know I'll want another descent receiver before too long. ...but my little Sony sounds "okay". The AVR-3806 has HDMI I/O. ...and now I've a LCD TV and DVD player that have HDMI.
Still, there's some B&K stereo seperates that I've really wanting. ...with what I've invested in headphones and headphone amps I could have purchased the B&K gear or the AVR-3806, but I'm having fun and learning so I've no complaints.
Im in the same boat as you... I just purchased a Pinoeer 815 K model reciever. No HDMI seeing how I will more than likely never have a DVD player. I will just have an HTPC and a projector setup. I am too learning a lot about HT and how it works.
Witch Sony do you have? The new XR series has a lot of hype and seems to live up to it according to reviews.
STR-DE897. I know, its not great, but it was a big upgrade to the one that came with my Sony "Home-Theatre-in-a-box". ...then I upgraded it to the 3805 last year, which I ended up giving away for $800 (good friend that I am ). The Sony still has some right-to-life left in it, so the next money goes into 2-channel seperates or a nicer LCD TV. Especially, now that my occasional home-theatre use is covered between the Sony/Polk/Velodyne and the Z-5500s (which aren't nearly as bad as I anticipated, they're actually okay for personal HT). Astrallite was right though, I've got way more junk than I need, which is gonna suck when I move next month and have to pack and move it all. I don't let mover's even look at the electronics, let alone, touch them.
Back to topic, if they made an S/PDIF Hub, I could plug in my minidisc decks, spare DVD, and a PC into the Z-5500s and keep the living room a little cleaner looking. I guess the market for that just isn't there.
LOL, I'm just about spent out, I went through my "toy" money and then some this summer. If I ever get married my toys will end, I just know it. ...Velodyne CT-150. I really like it, but rarely get to experience it as properly prescribed. The Z-5500's subwoofer is rediculous, yes, but the CT-150 is a different mutant altogether. It makes me think of 3 of my favorites words: sub bass radiation. However, you really need a single-family home to enjoy it. ...not a condo, like I'm in. I gave my neighbors my phone number if things ever got out of hand (wanting to be the good-neighbor, responsible type). They don't hesitate to call me and I don't even use it after 8PM. Its a d@mn shame. They also seem to make sure that I'm never irritated with their stereos or parties though, they'll not miss the Velo when I move.