ok so it turns out the splitter i have is a mono splitter. i went to radio shack last night and asked for the stereo to mono splitter and the guy looked at me like i had 2 heads and after hunting around the shelves said they don't carry such a thing. and i cant find it on the radio shack website either. can you suggest a place where i can get one?
Ah?good old RadioCrap. They used to have a better selection of electronic bits and pieces.
This type of adaptor actually comes in many forms. As long as one end is stereo and the other end splits into two mono jacks, you should be ok.
You can go back to RadioShack and see if they have: 1/8" Dual Mono Jack to 1/8" Stereo Plug Adapter
(cat # 274-375).
If you want to get it online, you can try Audiogear and look for:stereo Mini Plug to Left and Right Mono
also do you know anyplace where i can get inexpensive Ir emitters?
The prices I?ve seen average $10-$15 dollars for one, but Smarthome has a $6.99 model: STICK-ON IR EMITTER
and one last question - if i didn't care about zones and just wanted to blast all Ir out to all emitters, is there a limit to the number of emitters that can be hooked up to the usb-uirt?
Yes, the limit is 3 emitters. But the USB-UIRT can send out more than one set of codes out from a zone. Also some set top boxes (mostly satellite) are addressable and you could blast both of those codes from one zone. I don?t know the limit, but their site should have some details.
i have heard that a powered connecting block is required - if this is true, can someone recommend one?
I?m not really familiar with ir connecting blocks. I just heard they are used to retransmit ir codes and outpulse it to a lot of emitters. It sounds like you want to control IR capable devices in different locations.
If no one here has used one, maybe the folks at AVS can help. They seem to do just about everything concerning audio & visual.