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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-17-2019, 07:50 AM - Thread Starter
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7.1.4 surround from PC

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Does anyone know if it would be possible to create a 7.1.4 ATMOS speaker system from a PC using a AV Receiver?

From what I am reading soundcards don't havd connectors to so this, therefor 5.1.4 would be the best you could get from the soundcard?

The other option would be a HDMI cable from the GFX card. However I am running a tripple screen setup at 144mhz. So adding a HDMI would require a 4th screen but then would reduce my screens to 60hz.

Many thanks for any help.
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I'd opt for optical to an external DAC or AV Receiver. Its the easiest way with the least amount of hassle
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Dolby Atmos basic requirement is the usage of HDMI receiver (with Atmos support). Any other kind of setup is simply impossible.

And optical is of course utterly out of the picture when we are talking about Atmos.

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Thanks for the replys.


Are there any soundcards out there with HDMI.


Or is there a way to have the GFX card send an audio only signal without messing up my screen setup.
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Thanks for the replys.


Are there any soundcards out there with HDMI.


Or is there a way to have the GFX card send an audio only signal without messing up my screen setup.
The only HDMI soundcard I know is the Asus Xonar HDAV 1.3 from 10 years ago. So that's obviously not an option.

So your only option would be to wiggle around with the Windows monitor settings to see if it's possible to make things work. Most likely it's going to be a huge PITA.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Wildcard124 View Post
Thanks for the replys.


Are there any soundcards out there with HDMI.


Or is there a way to have the GFX card send an audio only signal without messing up my screen setup.
Windows does not support audio only HDMI. The receiver requires a video signal of some sort. It would be technically possible to just send it a black screen, but that possibility has not been manifest into a feature.

You either need to make a second screen or mirror your main screen. Both have minor drawbacks, but a lot of us just put up with it because HDMI surround sound is the way to go.

I think the main issue will be content. I think a couple games using the Frostbite engine may support Atmos, but I don't know what else does.

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