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Title says it all...

I'm looking for a new monitor and some references don't have a DVI but only HDMI and VGA. Is it possible to plug a monitor on my GTX580 through HDMI and get the audio separately on my spakers plugged on my soundcard Asus Xonar STX for a better sound?

I went through countlless threads, I can't find a clear answer, many recommend to use the s/pdif output on my GFX card but I want to use my soundcard?!?
post #2 of 18
Yes, you just want the default sound device to be through your soundcard.
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Yes I believe that is possible. What you do is get an DVI to HDMI adapter (like $5), and plug the HDMI cable into your monitor. Then just run the regular cord to your speakers to your sound card. You should be good then, but if not then go into Windows and set the default playback device to "Speakers - Xonar STX".

If you want to have audio + video to your monitor, and then separate it and send it to your speakers by plugging in the cord to your monitor, then you would have to use the SPDIF output in your soundcard and plug it into your GPU. Then plug in the speaker cord to the monitor and play with some settings in the OSD. Although I don't know why you want to go down this round as there would really be no point in a sound card.
    
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post #4 of 18
If you are asking if you can use a dedicated sound card instead of the onboard then of course yes. It will have to be outputted (is that a word) through a connector on the card itself as far a I know though. The bigger question is what are you hooking it up to? When you say "monitor" you mean an actual monitor, not a tv with built in speakers correct? If you are trying to work with built in speakers it will come down to the monitor or tv so to speak. If it has audio in you are golden. Many do not though unless you are talking RCA inputs, which will not sound better than digital over hdmi. By the way, they make graphics cards with spdif out? I've never seen that.
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In case it hasn't been said enough, windows lets you choose which device it plays sound through by default. Just select your sound card and you are good to go.
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post #6 of 18
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Wow Thanks guys, but I have the impression that a few people did not understand a word I say lol... Or it is me who didn't understand a word you said.

I need a new monitor.. I already have one, and a computer, and a soundcard, and speakers, and a mouse, but I need a bigger monitor. My actual system is in my sig.

So I'm in the process of choosing a new monitor.
SOME monitors are pleasing to me but don't have a DVI port, only HDMI. And some of these monitors (yes, monitors, not TVs, monitors for PC, I prefer them without speakers, but many monitors have speakers even though I don't want speakers so I'm forced to deal with it) are interesting so I want to know if I can buy one. One monitor with HDMI and without DVI. Typically, many IPS models don't hav DVI but only HDMI, I don't know why.

So if I buy one, I will have to plug my GFX card to the monitor through the HDMI port (since it may be the only one port available) (no need for an adapter, *** lol biggrin.gif). Obviously the HDMI port carries video AND audio. But I don't want the HDMI port to carry the audio, I don't want the audio coming out of the speakers of the monitor (if it has speakers) or the jack headphone of the monitor, I want the audo coming out of my speakers using my soundcard.

I want the audio signal to go through my sound card since I have a good soundcard and good speakers.
I want to be able to use the HDMI for video only and use my soundcard and my cool speakers for the audio only (obviously).

Jeez this post is even ten times more complicated lol. Please read the OP again, I don't know how to make myself clearer.
post #7 of 18
yes you can select which the sound outputs to, if you don't want the sound to output to hdmi then you can change it it no problem.
if you have a sound card or even an onboard audio you can chose one of those as an output, hdmi doesn't force you to use the audio with it.
post #8 of 18
go too device manager then too sound, video and game controllers, click the little arrow next too it and right click each Nvidia HD audio and select disable then the sound on the GTX 580 is disabled, make sure you don't disable your sound card from the list. also you can go into Nvidia control panel and disable the GTX 580 audio. but too be honest you don't have too do any of this as long as your speakers are plugged into your prefered sound card, I have the same graphics card you have and it won't send sound too your monitor speakers through the hdmi cable unless you set it up in Nvidia control panel. my self I don't choose too install the drivers for the Nvidia HD audio when I install my graphics card driver.
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Originally Posted by DaGoat View Post

So if I buy one, I will have to plug my GFX card to the monitor through the HDMI port (since it may be the only one port available) (no need for an adapter, *** lol biggrin.gif). Obviously the HDMI port carries video AND audio. But I don't want the HDMI port to carry the audio, I don't want the audio coming out of the speakers of the monitor (if it has speakers) or the jack headphone of the monitor, I want the audo coming out of my speakers using my soundcard.
I want the audio signal to go through my sound card since I have a good soundcard and good speakers.
I want to be able to use the HDMI for video only and use my soundcard and my cool speakers for the audio only (obviously).
Jeez this post is even ten times more complicated lol. Please read the OP again, I don't know how to make myself clearer.

I will try wording it another way:


Go to control panel then sound. You will get this screen:


Select the one you want to hear sound from, then click "set default". Windows will only use that device for sound.
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post #10 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crazy9000 View Post

I will try wording it another way:
Go to control panel then sound. You will get this screen:

Select the one you want to hear sound from, then click "set default". Windows will only use that device for sound.

Doesn't get any simpler that smile.gif

I thought that everyone answered your question clearly too.
    
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