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3 Way Optical Digital Audio Switcher

Code: L34AK

3 Way Optical Digital Audio Switcher is rated 2.3 out of 5 by 11.
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  • Prevents wear on cables and connectors caused by repeated plugging and unplugging
  • Standard TosLink™ type sockets
  • Three optical inputs to one optical output

Product details

3 Way Optical Digital Audio Switcher

• Prevents wear on cables and connectors caused by repeated plugging and unplugging• Standard TosLink™ type sockets• Three optical inputs to one optical output

As more and more items of home entertainment equipment are supplied with optical digital audio connections (TosLinks™) it is increasingly frustrating that amplifiers and surround sound processors have only one input. This simple to use switch solves the problem of having to repeatedly plug and unplug equipment leads. This switcher will allow you to select an input from up to three sources with a positive locking action to ensure optimum signal transfer.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a simple and very effective bit of kit. I was a bit unsure given the negative reviews but thought I'd give it a shot and it works great. I even took it apart to look inside to see how it works and although the whole thing looks cheap where it's plastic, inside it's well made with spring loaded metal catches and clips instead of plastic parts which could break. As long as you don't go playing football with it I can see this lasting forever tbh. People complaining that the wheel or dial wouldn't turn must have missed the button on the dial itself, you need to press it in so that the catch inside is released enabling you to turn the dial to desired port.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from i have made two trips to parkgate store, to purchase this item the first one did not switch properly, it was exchanged , now the second one does not work.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It didn't even work, the main input wouldn't hold any of my 2 different brands of optical cable, and the dial in the middle wouldn't move, cheaply made too, just chucked it straight in the bin
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Was sceptical after reading the other reviews but gave it a go anyway. Has been working fine for 2 months now with no problems. Connectivity was easy and sounds pretty decent on a fairly high end system.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a great bit of kit no problems with it at all , used everyday without any issues and saved me lots of plugging and unplugging.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from After reading reviews thought I would at least try this item. Initial thought was that this was very cheaply made, and I was proved right, put three inputs in to the switch and one out, all high quality, initially it worked fine until I switched from one input to another, then I found that there were no connections and the reason the cables would keep falling out.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dreadful One socket worked briefly, the other two didn't work at all. Within one week the working socket started to crackle then failed completely. Utter junk. Do not buy.
Date published: 2014-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does as it says I read the mixed reviews but trusted Maplin enough to buy. When I connected a device through the switch to my amp it didn't work at first. A bit of research led me to swap the cheap optic cable I used for a better quality one and everything now works perfectly. My guess is all the moaning reviewers haven't tried with good enough cables :-)
Date published: 2015-04-07
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Hi. Im looking for a switch to go from 1 computer, to two outputs... an easy way to redirect the sound from my computer to either usual speakers, or when kids are in bed etc, to headphones. Is this item suitable?

Asked by: Nickname
I am pleased to advise the product you mentioned will do exactly what you require.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2015-09-26

I have a long optical cable that I sometimes want to use as an optical input to an MD deck, and sometimes I want to use it connected to the optical output. As the sockets are round the back of the MD deck, would this product be suitable to let me switch between the two?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes the product does support that.
Answered by: DH
Date published: 2015-07-17

I have just bought this item.Can you tell me if there is such a switch that will operate my sky hd and ps3 together,(i understand only one system can be active at one time) what i am asking is if there is a product which will switch from one to the other automatically without the need to manually operate a switch to do this? Thanks Paul
Asked by: Anonymous
Unfortunately not.
Answered by: DH
Date published: 2015-07-17

my tv and freesat have optical outs and my dvd surround has optical in would this item work
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes the product does support that.
Answered by: CF
Date published: 2015-07-17

can i use any digital optical cable with this switch box
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes you can
Answered by: JK
Date published: 2015-07-17

Will this switch operate in the other direction i.e. 1 input to 3 outputs?
Asked by: Anonymous
No sorry this product does not support that.
Answered by: LC
Date published: 2015-07-17

I was woundaring is the input jack 3.5mm and the outut jack 3.5mm
Asked by: Anonymous
Standard Toslink fitting not 3.5MM jack.
Answered by: PW
Date published: 2015-07-17

Please can you let me know if two out of the three inputs are active would there be any interferance between the two inputs or would one of them take prioity.
Asked by: Anonymous
There would be no interferance, and there is no priority, it is a manual switch.
Answered by: JK
Date published: 2015-07-17
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L34AK 3 Way Optical Digital Audio Switcher (100+) £11.24
L34AK 3 Way Optical Digital Audio Switcher (25+) £11.99
L34AK 3 Way Optical Digital Audio Switcher (10+) £12.74
L34AK 3 Way Optical Digital Audio Switcher (5+) £13.49
L34AK 3 Way Optical Digital Audio Switcher (1+) £14.99

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