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I use the optical out on the Akurate hub with my Phonak Bluetooth transmitter which streams directly to my Phonak hearings-aids. I can balance the sound between the stream and the speakers in the room with the phone app. This is helpful as my hearing continues to deteriorate. At least I have QIQO (quality in quality out) from my system. I’ve ordered an optical splitter.  Once I’ve proved this works with the Phonak transmitter, I’d like to emulate the room/phonak set up with a set of my wired headphones. My next step then will be to link an optical cable to a headphone amp. Does this sound viable and any recommendations for a suitable headphone amp. I’d prefer one with a volume knob rather than a remote and at a proof of concept, rather premium, price at this point. All help welcomed. Thanks, Bob. 

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I have an Oppo HA-1 that has an optical in, and that is how it is connected to the AEDSM. It has marvellous sound and is Bluetooth enabled.

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That’s an impressive bit of kit. A bit over overspeced and expensive for me needs. Thanks v much for pointing me to it. 

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What's your budget for a headphone amplifier?

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You would need a DAC in there between source and amp. I use SPDIF out from AEDSM to a Rega DAC, to a Rega EAR headphone amp. I'm sure lots of headphone amps include DACs these days.

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Thanks. The optical splitter has arrived and worked fine, so that gives me the required additional optical out. I’ve been doing research during the day and the Project S2 Headbox -Digital has optical in and the price is pretty reasonable. 

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Just looked at the Headbox Digital and it does indeed look an excellent piece of kit and my experience of ESS Sabre DACs in my old OPPO Blu-ray player was that they were spectacularly good. I would not look elsewhere, nice find!!

CJ

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As you were. The splitter does not work as I intended. I can’t control the volume independently with the hearing-aid app. My mistake. What I need is a splitter that supports the following configuration 1: optical output from Akurate hub, to a suitable splitter, then outs to the inputs of the Bluetooth transmitter and a separate one to be sent to the headphone amp/dad. Can anyone help please? Many thanks, Bob. 

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Don't use a splitter. Use the Optical from the System Hub to Bluetooth Transmitter. Use Coax from the COAX digital output of Hub to coax input of DAC.

CJ

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18 minutes ago, Bob Chapman said:

so output 10?    image.png.f6d0b3ace782191a90470d93e9525a53.png

10 in an input. You want output 11.

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1 minute ago, Bob Chapman said:

Sorry. Fat finger moment. Thanks for putting me straight. 

Fat finger? You are "Grandie Bob" afterall. :D

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