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Okay, so currently I have my computer hooked up to my AV receiver via HDMI, so I can use my 5.1 speakers, and connect to my HDTV which I'm using as my main monitor. The problem is, I have convinced myself that connecting directly to the TV via HDMI makes my games a little smoother.

Therefore, I would like to route my HDMI out straight to the HDTV, but still put my sound out to the receiver. Whats the best way to do this? I do not have room for any sort of sound card or anything that would plug straight into the PC, including the mini x-fi my motherboard has for on-board sound.

There are 3 options I can think of.
1. Some sort of splitter for the HDMI that will separate the audio out
2. Get a display port> HDMI adapter to connect to TV, and leave the HDMI going to reciever
3. A USB spdif soundcard or something similar.

Would one of those work better then the others, if so why? Is there another option I haven't thought of yet? My receiver can take every input known to man it seems, so that shouldn't be an issue.
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post #2 of 27
Why not have your sound stay through receiver like you wanted via a rca to headphone adapter to plug into your sound card, then go to TV with your HDMI cable. So it would be something like below.
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Yeah almost all TV's have a sound out RCA port, you should be able to hook your computer up to your tv directly with the HDMI and then have your sound out port on the TV hooked up to your receiver.
    
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Thats how mine is setup, except that also, I have HDMI sound to TV but also have receiver with floor standers and subs at computer that play loud.
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Wouldn't the RCA just be stereo sound? That would waste my 5.1 setup . Is there a splitter that will split optical audio out of the HDMI? I'm worried that might add a small delay and defeat the purpose though, lol.

BTW I don't have a soundcard at all anymore, haven't updated sig specs lol. No room.
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post #6 of 27
it would not be stereo sound the decoders are in your receiver, people have been using 5.1 with RCA's for a long time before optical and HDMI came out.
    
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I don't think my TV has more then right and left out though, wouldn't I need a bunch to do RCA?
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Don't ATI video cards have a special way of pushing sound though the dvi connector and into the hdmi cable? They have their own software that is suppose to pass audio from the sound card into the dvi to hdmi converter and then it should stream though to the TV. Usually its on of the play back audio devices and just make sure thats the only one thats enabled. Its usually HDMI out or somethign like that.

Nvidias usually have a 2 pin cable where you plug one end to the video card and plug the other to the spdif out on the motherboard or sound card. You also make it so that its the only active audio.

When it is all done and working, the hdmi cable should be carring full Dolby Digital audio or DTS audio when its setup correctly to pass it though. 5.1 surround created by the sound card that I am not sure about. I don't know if it will carry all 5.1 channels.

(Basically I would know if its working when my speakers show the dolby digital symbol or dts symbol)
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post #9 of 27
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It carries the audio through HDMI already, with out any special tweaking. ATi cards have a sound chip of some sort on them to process the audio.
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Oh so audio is coming out... don't you just hook the hdmi into the speaker reciever first and then take the output from the reciever into the tv? I think speaker reciever that have hdmi ports act like hubs, everything enters into them first.

The way I have it setup is and hdmi goes into the tv, and an optical cable from my sound card goes into my speaker reciever (my speakers only have optical in, no hdmi in). My other option was to have audio go into the hdmi cable and use the optical out that is in my tv. My only issue with that method is that only stereo ever comes out of it. I was never able to pass dolby digital or dts though no matter what i tried.
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