Originally Posted by BulliteShot
I don't want a USB sound device. I can't find one that doesn't have reports of poor sound quality.
My GPU seems to support Audio over HDMI. I have been searching around for devices which extract the audio from a HDMI cable, but could only find devices in the region of €300+
I found this though, which I am going to try: eBay Item
It converts the HDMI to VGA while extracting the audio for only €15. My monitor supports both VGA and DVI and I personally don't see the difference between the two running at 1920x1080 resolution.
Yes, I found out that the usb-devices lists the PCI device ID of the USB hub through a quick google search. lsusb only seems to list the attached USB devices.
When I say windows stops working, I mean it just breaks. It's little things like a certain game won't start, and the only thing to fix it is a fresh install of windows. My most recent problem with windows was when triple clicking on a word in Chrome wouldn't select the entire paragraph. I could only fix it with a reinstall. (which was what made me switch to linux for my primary OS)
Yes, I agree with the USB audio sticks, though I must say mine isn't too bad. For me it's good enough for Windows use, since all my multimedia stuff resides on Linux anyway. (I'm actually one of these old fashioned guys who still listens to music from CD, playing in a real CD player.)
I do see a difference between DVI and VGA, but that's probably because I did this whole VGA passthru setup solely to be able to do photo editing, so I'm looking closely at the picture quality. VGA should be more than satisfactory for most uses.
The only question is whether this HDMI-VGA converter doesn't introduce noise or distortions. It seems worth trying, if it can help improve audio quality.