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Windows 7: HDMI Audio AND Realtek MoBo Audio Simultaneously

25 Feb 2015   #1
sroberts

Win 7 Pro x64
 
 
HDMI Audio AND Realtek MoBo Audio Simultaneously

Hi,

Not sure if this is possible, but thought I'd toss it out there... I'd like to have audio sent via HDMI to my monitor while at the same time using the MoBo output jack for a subwoofer. I've only been successful with one or the other by itself in any configuration I've been able configure.

Any thoughts?

Thanks


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25 Feb 2015   #2
society misfit

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Does your monitor have an Audio Out? Some do. If it does, HDMI to the monitor, then audio out from the monitor to your subwoofer. Mind you plugging something into the audio out may turn off the monitors internal speakers. You won't know until you try


But…here’s the kicker! A subwoofers job is to not only produce lower frequencies but to also blend nicely into its satellites (speakers). This is most commonly accomplished by either designing the sub and satellites to work together in that the lower cut off frequency of the satellites is close to the higher cut off frequency of the subwoofer. The other is to have an adjustable crossover that will allow you to match the subwoofers higher cut off frequency to that of the satellites lower cut off frequency. You also need to match their output (sound) so that they are even (or close enough!). Otherwise you will get a lot of boom from the sub and not be able to hear much from the monitor.


Monitors with built in speakers are not designed with fidelity in mind. They have tiny amplifiers and do not go very loud without sounding terribly distorted. Even if your monitor does have an audio out, you may be presented with the impossible challenge in trying to match it to your subwoofer. Honestly, you are better off purchasing a 2.1 (or 5.1) computer speaker system. You can get something pretty decent for not too much money.
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25 Feb 2015   #3
sroberts

Win 7 Pro x64
 
 

Hey Misfit,

I thought about that too, but the monitor only headphones out. It shuts off the internals.

I appreciate the insight from the quasi audiophile perspective. I hear what you're saying but this monitor actually has speakers powered by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower. They sound pretty good on their own but I have a sub from an old 2.1 system that could be a neat complement to it. If I drive the monitor from the sub's L/R output it's doubly amplified and doesn't sound good.

Anyway, just seeing if anyone knew of a way in the configuration to do it that I hadn't thought of or stumbled across yet.

Thanks again.
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25 Feb 2015   #4
society misfit

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

ICEpower modules in a monitor? Now I have seen everything. I own a Wyred4Sound power amp that is built around the ICE modules great sounding amp!


I have no experience with this but might be worth a try. From what I can gather you can create several Virtual Audio Cables then map them to your desired hardware output.
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