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Ok so here is the problem. I have a Poneeer surround sound receiver (5.1) and have it hooked up to my computer via optical cable. That cable is coming out of the creative sound blaster recon pcie sound card. I have that working just fine. However, I now need to hook up my ps3 because I didn't re hook it up after the surround sound upgrade. I need to find a way to combine the optical signal from the PS3 to the optical coming from the PC so that I can hear the game and people on skype at the same time. I looked into an optical split-er but those are only good with one signal at a time.A switch wouldn't work because I need to have both signals at the same time. If anyone knows of anything that does this please let me know.

Another option I came up with was to plug the PS3 optical into the input on the sound card. This sets it up as a recording device. Through windows, have it set to "listen to this device" This kind of works, however, there is a delay of almost half a second. Anyone know how to get rid of this delay or another way to play back a recording device in real-time?

Thank you all,
Josh
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Ok so here is the problem. I have a Poneeer surround sound receiver (5.1) and have it hooked up to my computer via optical cable. That cable is coming out of the creative sound blaster recon pcie sound card. I have that working just fine. However, I now need to hook up my ps3 because I didn't re hook it up after the surround sound upgrade. I need to find a way to combine the optical signal from the PS3 to the optical coming from the PC so that I can hear the game and people on skype at the same time. I looked into an optical split-er but those are only good with one signal at a time.A switch wouldn't work because I need to have both signals at the same time. If anyone knows of anything that does this please let me know.

Another option I came up with was to plug the PS3 optical into the input on the sound card. This sets it up as a recording device. Through windows, have it set to "listen to this device" This kind of works, however, there is a delay of almost half a second. Anyone know how to get rid of this delay or another way to play back a recording device in real-time?

Thank you all,
Josh

option 3: get some cheapo speakers for your PC just to listen to people on skype. it would be the path of least resistance.
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Use an HDMI connect from video card or PS3 if the receiver has them. I'm assuming you use the surround speakers for movies or something from your computer? If not, just connect with analogue cables.
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Use an HDMI connect from video card or PS3 if the receiver has them. I'm assuming you use the surround speakers for movies or something from your computer? If not, just connect with analogue cables.

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So I basically just went with the second option. I am using the sounblaster recon sound card (PCIe) and it works like a charm. No delay with the optical cable. There was a delay with the usb mics (my guess would be it was bottle necked by the usb or something) Anyway, anyone that has this problem, just get a soundcard with optical in and out and you can combine the signals. The only downside to this is that you won't have 5.1. When I tried 5.1, it made a loud screeching noise. Stereo works fine however.
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