I bought a Beam for my parents' TV two years ago, because they were having trouble understanding dialog though their TV speakers. It has absolutely improved the situation. But they still wanted to get wireless headphones to improve their ability to hear some of the time.
I bought them a 2-headset pair of Sennheiser HDR 120 headphones. What I did not verify ahead of time was that there was an analog audio out option on their TV. There is not. I looked into various splitters, but gave up after being overwhelmed by all the no-name options with poor descriptions of they could/could not do. Therefore the headphone boxes were never opened.
I came to this forum today for something else, and saw someone mention an AmazonBasics HDMI audio extractor, which brought me back to my quest. Unfortunately I did not find a solution searching this forum.
My #1 concern is that we do not lose CEC control of the Beam, because that's the only way to remote control it (without the Sonos app, at least) - it appears CEC support is not passed through many adapters.
My goals are:
- Keep ARC/CEC control for the Beam
- Allow use of the Beam and the headphones at the same time.
- if I cannot have both the Beam and the headphones work simultaneously, manually being able to switch between the two is OK… but I strongly prefer not to plug/unplug to switch. If this happens, they'll never use the setup.
Has anyone successfully done this, and if so, which adapters/splitters/extractors did you use?
AV Gear summary:
- Panasonic LED TV with 3 (possibly 4) HDMI inputs, 1 ARC. No analog audio outs.
- Sonos Beam
- Sennheiser HDR 120 headphones (RF wireless headphones, *not Bluetooth*) connect via analog RCA or minijack
- DishTV Hopper (via HDMI 1)
- Apple TV 4K (latest gen - via HDMI 3)
Thanks for any recommendations you may have.