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I have a JBL sound bar connected to a Sony bravia TV via optical audio cable. The problem I have is the sound bar has an auto on feature when it detects a signal through the optical audio cable. The TV always sends a signal through the audio cable even when it is in stand by mode so I can not turn the sound bar off because it detects that signal and turns its self back on. I have tried all the settings on the sound bar and TV I can think of and nothing works and I have contacted JBL and Sony tech support and no help there either. Using hdmi arc is also not an option unfortunately. I was wondering if anyone knows of a device or a way to block or switch off the optical signal when the tv is turned off (ideally short of unplugging the cable each time) when the tv and sound bar are turned off. Thanks in advance for any help.

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OK, ignoring that. Does your room have any switched outlets, i.e. where if you turn the wall switch to off it cuts the power to the outlet? If so, plug the bar into one of those. Alternatively plug a switched power strip into the power outlet and plug the bar into that. When you want it off, turn off the power strip.
 

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OK, ignoring that. Does your room have any switched outlets, i.e. where if you turn the wall switch to off it cuts the power to the outlet? If so, plug the bar into one of those. Alternatively plug a switched power strip into the power outlet and plug the bar into that. When you want it off, turn off the power strip.
The reason why is for the "health" of the sound bar I guess. I have noticed even in standby mode not playing any audio for ages it is still slightly warm to the touch so my thinking is it would be better if the sound bar would go into standby when not in use to cool down. I do have switched outlets but then I would have to go and switch them on and off everytime I turn the TV on and off and the soundbar has a long boot up time when it is starting up from not power like that. Thanks for your suggestions.
 

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You could try a 1x2 optical splitter. When you turn the TV off you can switch the input on the splitter to the unused one. That would stop the TV signal from getting to the soundbar.
 

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You could try a 1x2 optical splitter. When you turn the TV off you can switch the input on the splitter to the unused one. That would stop the TV signal from getting to the soundbar.
Yea thats the only option I can think of as well. I hope I can get one that can maybe be remotely controlled or something. This is a real pain in the *** haha. Makes me wonder if the issue is with the sound bar, tv (I think TV) or is this just the way it is.
 
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