So I'm having a very annoying problem. I didn't even notice it until yesterday - I don't know what's failing here.
I was playing Shadows of Mordor and I noticed that sound seemed to be originating from the wrong ear. Right now my audio setup is: TV optical audio out to this device: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01H4XC3DC/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
which takes an optical audio input and converts to RCA or Stereo Mini out (i.e. headphones). I have a headphone extension cable from there and my Logitech headphones connected to the headphone exetnsion cable.
I've been using this digital audio converter (linked above) and find it hard to believe I am just noticing this now. I played through 160 hours of Persona 5 and a variety of other games using this setup. Anyway, I did some L/R channel tests and its definitely reversed at least at this point in time.
I've tried the following:
- Skipping the headphone extension cable (i.e. plugging headphones directly into converter box)
- Reconnecting all wires/playing with them at different "levels" of "tightness" (if I half connect the stereo miniplug, it plays in mono, as I expected)
- Different wires
- Other earphones
- Checking my TV audio settings (there was nothing relevant)
- Reconnecting my HDMI cables from my devices into my TV
- Testing audio from different devices (audio via my PC is reversed and audio via my Viera apps [coming directly from the TV] is also reversed. I haven't tested other devices like my PS4/Switch but I'm just going to assume it's the same thing)
Nothing worked. The other earphones were also reversed.
I should note, the sound is otherwise crisp. It's just the L/R channels are reversed. Also, my TV is a Panasonic Viera 50ST50 (Plasma, kinda old now I guess - 5 years or so) and does not have RCA audio output, only digital/toslink.
Any ideas what might be wrong? Could a hardware malfunction in either the converter or my TV cause the audio to flip channels?