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Hi, so my roommate has a Sony surround sound system that we want to hook up. I have my Samsung LCD and we have our Xbox, Wii, Cable box all hooked up via HDMI to the TV. Then I have my HTPC hooked up to my TV with VGA and a 3.5mm audio cord both going into the PC input on my TV. Then from my TV's audio out (RCA) connector I have that going to the back of the surround sound receiver. I am wondering if this is the best way to do it? The surround sound does have 3 HDMI inputs along with others, but there is no VGA so that is why I hooked the devices up to the TV first.

I am wondering if I will only be able to get 2.0 stereo with this connection or can I get the sound to come out of all 5 speakers?

Also would using the optical out port on my TV make much of a difference than the RCA?
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post #2 of 6
HDMI would probably be best to use. If you can go htpc>sound>tv that would get you surround sound (also can do the same with the Xbox). You can't get surround from the rca or 3.5mm cable. Optical out wouldn't make much of a difference unless maybe the htpc was plugged into the TV with am HDMI cable. HDMI and optical carries the sound digitally, rca and 3.5mm does not carry sound digitally.
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post #3 of 6
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http://www.amazon.com/Sony-HT-SS370-Surround-Theater-System/dp/B0035ER1QE?tag=vglnk-c1001-20

There is the surround sound system I am talking about.

So my HTPC only has VGA out, and 1 3.5mm audio out. What are my options? I don't necessarily need TRUE 5.1 but I just want it to come out of all 5 speakers.

Or what would be a cheap graphics card that I could install that would give me that? It has to be low-profile.
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I guess it doesn't have optical out. The only way it could come out of all the speakers through the 3.5mm would be if there is some setting on your surround sound system to output to all the speakers, that would just be 2 channel audio out of all the speakers i.e. front left and back left have the same sound coming out. In mine i have a nvidia gt630 that i got for around $30. Just about any graphics card from the last few years should output sound through hdmi. The 630 is more then enough but it was a good price so i got it. AMD radeon 5450 would be another option to and cheaper then the nvidia.
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post #5 of 6
If your receiver has Dolby Pro Logic II you can use it to split out 2 channel output to 5.1. There are usually several Pro Logic II presets for the kind of audio you are listening to. DTS:Neo 6 does about the same thing.
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post #6 of 6
The best way would be hdmi from PC to the receiver, and then hdmi from receiver to the TV. A slightly worse option would be hdmi from PC to TV, and then optical from TV to the receiver (provided the TV has an optical output). These options would give real surround sound, otherwise you'd just be playing stereo out of all speakers at once.
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