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I was wondering if any one actually uses the audio part of HDMI. Of course many of use use the video part of HDMI with our GPUs and 1080 moinitors. And some of us even have built in speakers that deliver digital sound through the monitor. But we all know that sound sucks.

So my question is how in the world do you get digital sound reproduction through normal speakers? I've never seen any on the web that i can speak of. I know there are $1,000 digital receivers out there for home audio surround, but that's a little unrealistic since the speakers would be another $1,000. And even if you did get one of those how would you make it run video too?

I guess I'm pretty ignorant of all this but any help or ideas to make this happen in a practical way would be cool.
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High end receivers pass the signal through on an output HDMI jack. Normally you would hook up something like a blu-ray player to a receiver and then output that to the TV. The receiver handles the audio and passes the video on to the HDTV.

You can do the same thing with a PC. Just output the video to a monitor.

EDIT: I don't know of any HDMI computer sound systems.
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The Audio that goes through my HDMI is made by an onboard audio chip on my GPU, my GTX 570. I do not quite understand your question but all I can say is that my audio system is hooked up to my onboard audio through 3.5" to the subwoofer, which then goes to my 2 speakers.
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Hdmi surround receivers are now pretty much all they make, even as low as 200 or so...hdmi input into receiver, hdmi out from receiver to monitor, and speakers don't have to be that expensive either to be far better than most pc speakers
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I'm no expert in sound system so ill try to share what i know. U could run HDMI out from your GPU to the receiver, and your receiver can process sound and video at the same time. U then connect a HDMI out from receiver and in your TV (for video), also connect the speakers to the receiver (for sound). I use hdmi from my gpu to my monitor and i run the toslink digital out from my Asus xonar to my z5500. Unfortunately the Toslink only capable of outputting normal DTS/DD not the DTS-MA, DTS-HD stuffs.
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And yes to answer the title question, I use it

And so do a large percentage of those that use htpcs

However, a more realistic baseline for receiver and speakers to start off from is 400-500 rather then two thousand...granted it wont be the best stuff in that price range but still far ahead of any pc speaker setup, and is more flexible if you want to use it with other peripheral equioment
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Originally Posted by CrazzyRussian View Post
The Audio that goes through my HDMI is made by an onboard audio chip on my GPU, my GTX 570. I do not quite understand your question but all I can say is that my audio system is hooked up to my onboard audio through 3.5" to the subwoofer, which then goes to my 2 speakers.
Yeah right now i'm hooked up into a nice sound system through my onboard audio chip with 3.5mm too, but of course this isn't digital. I was just wondering how that actually worked. Still a little unclear, but thanks.

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Edited by Jolly Roger - 3/26/11 at 7:19pm
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I use HDMI to run the video/audio from my HTPC to my reciever and then up to the TV...

On my desktop I also have a 7.1 ch Sony Reciever but I just use the Optical connector on that and DVI+ mini DP for eyefinity.
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Originally Posted by Jolly Roger View Post
I was wondering if any one actually uses the audio part of HDMI. Of course many of use use the video part of HDMI with our GPUs and 1080 moinitors. And some of us even have built in speakers that deliver digital sound through the monitor. But we all know that sound sucks.

So my question is how in the world do you get digital sound reproduction through normal speakers? I've never seen any on the web that i can speak of. I know there are $1,000 digital receivers out there for home audio surround, but that's a little unrealistic since the speakers would be another $1,000. And even if you did get one of those how would you make it run video too?

I guess I'm pretty ignorant of all this but any help or ideas to make this happen in a practical way would be cool.
I bought the Surround system because sound cards via Optical are only capable of carrying 2 Channel uncompressed PCM which is fine for headphones, but not for games or movies. HDMI can play 8 Channel uncompressed PCM. Plus I wanted to listen to the HD audio tracks on my Blu-ray movies.

I spent $700 on a 7.2 Yamaha Receiver, $600 on 6 Polk Audio Satellite Speakers and $400 on 2 Polk Audio Powered Subwoofers. I use HDMI out.

I also own AD700s and have both a Auzentech Forte and HT Omega Claro Halo.


I was very surprised when the sound quality was even better then my Claro Halo. I tried Optical and HDMI for music and HDMI sounded better, it came in more clear and played sounds Optical wasn't. Which I tested via various 1411Kbps bit-rate 48000hz sample rate CD's.

Overall I am extremely happy. I have superior sound quality and a free PCI-E slot om my mobo. I don't have to deal with Drivers for my sound card anymore either.

Note you can have HDMI out and eyefinity using this method.

To hook it up I have HDMI out going from my 5870 to my receiver, then HDMI out from receiver to my monitor. In CCC your receiver shows up as a monitor, which you have to select, this enables HDMI out which will no longer be disabled/greyed out.
Edited by BeerPowered - 3/26/11 at 7:37pm
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To OP, you can run the HDMI to your monitor and u can use the Toslink to output the digital sound from your mobo to your speaker. If you have the Z5500 like me, it can decode DTS and DD. Most of mobos have the Toslink digital output i think. The 3.5mm is only for 2.0 i think.
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