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Windows 7: HDMI cable for audio or keep my 4.1 w/soundcard? need help w/HDMI

26 Jul 2016   #1
Tactics

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HDMI cable for audio or keep my 4.1 w/soundcard? need help w/HDMI

Hello quick question so i'm clear and to see what you would suggest.

I have a new upgrade LG 55 inch 4k TV connected to my PC via HDMI to GTX970 I've read this TV supports audio also via the same HDMI cable plugged in to my video card. I'm a huge gamer.

Right now I have a X-Fi Xtreme Gamer sound card connected to a 4.1 Logitech setup w/sub. I've been using this for years and it works great for surround sound when available and EAX is always a plus SO whats my benefit to 86 the 4.1 and just go HDMI?

In that case I lose the 4 speaker setup correct and just use audio from the TV?? I can't see the advantage for this unless i'm missing something big. I don't use SPDIF output or the Dolby digital or DTS encoder from the card I assume all that you need a receiver.

Can I use HDMI output for audio and STILL use my 4.1 speakers? I don't want to invest in a receiver or anything like that at this point. What would you do if you were me? i'm at work now but I read if I go into the sound properties/playback devices I can choose HDMI output? I'm curious to see how that works.

thx!


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26 Jul 2016   #2
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Windows only allows one default audio playback device. e.g. HDMI or Speakers (your sound card). HDMI audio is generated on a sound chip in the Video card. You don't have all the options you do with a Sound card.
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26 Jul 2016   #3
Tactics

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ok thx i'm probably gonna keep the sound card and speaker but I know nothing about HDMI audio so want to make sure i'm not missing some huge new technology for audio.
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26 Jul 2016   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

A quality sound card and speakers will perform better than HDMI audio in my opinion.
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26 Jul 2016   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
I would guess the exception would be if you were using a bitching Yamaha receiver
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26 Jul 2016   #6
Tactics

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lol I've read many threads about that name/type receiver I probably should check it out but I def. don't need any more wires back there! lol
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26 Jul 2016   #7
Tactics

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
A quality sound card and speakers will perform better than HDMI audio in my opinion.
thx for that feedback!
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26 Jul 2016   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You can do it however you want, you`ll just have to keep switching the audio device, but your tv will never sound as good as your audio system, fortunately I have a Sony 7.1 system I switch to if I ever want to watch a movie from my PC on my 40" Sony Bravia.
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27 Jul 2016   #9
Tactics

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
You can do it however you want, you`ll just have to keep switching the audio device, but your tv will never sound as good as your audio system, fortunately I have a Sony 7.1 system I switch to if I ever want to watch a movie from my PC on my 40" Sony Bravia.
ok cool thats what I was thinking no way the TV will sound as good. Nice 7.1 thats sweet I should at least go to 5.1 to have that center channel b/c when in PC mode the TV doesn't have sound only when i'm back in cable mode. I'm such a neat freak the 4.1 and wires are perfect and to rip them all down and do a 5.1 i'll be like arrgggggg

Can you suggest any good 5.1 setups? I'll search Google also
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27 Jul 2016   #10
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

"Good" 5.1 systems have two prerequisites. (1) how much you are willing to spend (2) individual preference - what sounds really great to you may not be that good to someone else. You have to listen to ones in your price range to see which one you want. If you can't audition them, buy them at a site that has liberal return policy in case you buy something you find out you don't like.

I have a recording studio and I can tell you no one agrees 100% with any mix I do.
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