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Roku TV with soundbar and wireless headphones

Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:19 pm

I have a TCL 49S517 Roku TV, and its a great TV except for the mediocre speakers, which I wanted to upgrade with a soundbar. I got the Vizio SB362An-F6 with optical and 3.5mm in (no HDMI ARC)

I would like to be able to watch TV with audio in one of two ways:
  1. Audio from the TV (soundbar or TV)
  2. Wireless headphones with no sound from the TV.
I know of the headphone option from the roku app, but I would rather not use my phone just for the sake of audio, which is why I got a bluetooth transmitter and headphones, which is far more convenient than fiddling with my phone everytime I want to use headphones.

I plugged the bluetooth transmitter into the optical out and it was working great. I can use the headphones whenever I wanted or the TV speakers controlled by the roku TV remote.

The problem is when adding a soundbar. If I connect the soundbar to the headphone out, the Roku disconnects the audio from the optical out and I can't use my wireless headphones anymore. If I setup a optical splitter and connect both the headphones and soundbar to optical I can no longer control the audio coming from the soundbar with the roku TV remote. If I connect both to the headphone jack then muting the TV will also disable audio to the bluetooth transmitter.

Is there a way to either
  1. Don't disconnect optical audio when a sound source is plugged into the headphone out. 
  2. Use the Roku TV to control the volume of my soundbar. 

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