So, I was unsure if this was the right place to post this; but it seemed to be the place I feel those who would have the answer would likely be reading. Anyway, I am looking to combine my recording/mixing station into my home entertainment setup as well. Basically, I want to be able to (in my downtime) use the same monitors/interface while watching a movie (from just the tv), gaming (off of a console) and mixing. When I'm mixing, I'm basically doing audio post for short local films. Gaming is on PS4 to the television. The thing is, I'm attempting to find resolutions as to how to get the audio from my tv to the interface as well as having the computer I'd typically mix on connected (ideally not having to run the computer while I'm watching a movie/gaming). Here is what I have to work with: TV (has 2 optical, a headphone jack out, 4 hdmi) Macbook Pro Apogee Ensemble (not the new black one, I have the older silver) PS4 (out is HDMI) Some specific questions: 1. Would the tv's optical out be able to work with the Ensemble as an 'in'? 2. Is it a horrible idea to have the TV headphone out jack put into one of the line in jacks on the ensemble (granted this idea reduces my available inputs to use on the ensemble if I'm doing larger recordings)? I know I can place the apogee in standalone, so that is a start to being able to run this all without always having the computer running. Just attempting to seek some advise at this point.