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Help: PC, XBOX, and HDTV Hookup

hdcoop
02-19-2008, 09:33 AM
I have:

-PC with HDMI out and Blu Ray DVD player
-XBOX 360 with HDMI connecter
-Hitachi HDTV rear projection with (1) DVI in (no HDMI)
-Stereo reciever with digital input

What is the best way to hook all this up? I would like to use my PC to control and play music files through the audio reciever (digitally). I would also like to play Blu Ray DVD's on the computer and display on the TV w/digital audio out to reciever (even though I won't see 1080p because my TV won't display 1080p - the real goal is to see 1080i from DVD). I know I can buy an HDMI to DVI w/ digital audio out converter box for $250...but that just doesn't seem cost effective. I mention the XBOX 360 because it has an HDMI connector and also a VGA connector and came with a VGA cable to component/digital audio out. Maybe I can use that somehow. Any other suggestions? Thanks in advance...

Bigloww
02-19-2008, 10:17 AM
Is the single DVI input the only HD connection option you have??? Does it have any VGA or component inputs?? If not, 1 option may be to get a HDMI switch like the 1 below. Connect your 360 and PC to it via HDMI cables and then HDMI to DVI from the switch to the TV (As long as the DVI on the TV is DVI-D and NOT DVI-A). You can get everything at monoprice.com (HDMI switch, 2 HDMI cables and HDMI to DVI cable) for around $75. Then connect optical out from the 360 and PC (or digital coax depending on the soundcard outputs) to your receiver.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=101&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011002&p_id=3029&seq=1&format=2

If your TV has VGA or component in, just connect the 360 to that like you mentioned and the PC to HDMI to DVI...


What is the model of your TV??

hdcoop
02-19-2008, 10:32 AM
The TV does have component inputs as well. So, video is not as much of a problem as audio. The only audio out options on the PC seem to be HDMI or the headphone jack. There are USB ports and a firewire port but I'm not sure that will work as an output for music files and Blu Ray. On the XBOX, it seems it is designed for either 1) the VGA to component/digital audio out or 2) HDMI out. Their close location prevents both being plugged in at the same time.

Bigloww
02-19-2008, 10:48 AM
The TV does have component inputs as well. So, video is not as much of a problem as audio. The only audio out options on the PC seem to be HDMI or the headphone jack. There are USB ports and a firewire port but I'm not sure that will work as an output for music files and Blu Ray. On the XBOX, it seems it is designed for either 1) the VGA to component/digital audio out or 2) HDMI out. Their close location prevents both being plugged in at the same time.


Then just connect the 360 via the component video cable and use the optical out (on the cable) to go to the SS receiver.

PC, HDMI to DVI cable for video. As far as audio goes, I would get a sound card with digital audio outputs (Toslink/Spdif). Then just connect that to another digital in on your receiver. You can get a soundcard with digital out for under $30. Here are a couple with spdif (digital coax).. If it is a laptop, they also make extenal USB c ards for around $35 with digital out as well..

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Creative-Labs-Sound-Blaster-Audigy-SE-SB0570/sem/rpsm/oid/147562/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Diamond-Multimedia-XtremeSound-7-1-24-bit-Sound-Card-xs71/sem/rpsm/oid/152976/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do



P.S. You may want to double check that your current sound card does not have a digital out. Most do now a days..

rbinck
02-19-2008, 10:48 AM
If you are looking for better audio outputs for your PC, check this out: 5.1 Sound From A Laptop (http://www.highdefinitionblog.com/?p=297) These sound adapters were built with laptop computers in mind, but will work for any PC with USB ports. Will allow for digital sound output.

hdcoop
02-19-2008, 01:42 PM
OK. Thanks for the help! It looks like the external USB card with 5.1 will work for me and solve my problem. Of course, I could always get a new stereo reciever capable of switching HDMI and seperating off the audio for around $250.

Bigloww
02-19-2008, 01:48 PM
OK. Thanks for the help! It looks like the external USB card with 5.1 will work for me and solve my problem. Of course, I could always get a new stereo reciever capable of switching HDMI and seperating off the audio for around $250.


No problem..

Just make sure that when you are in the market for a new HDMI receiver, that it is not HDMI Passthrough only. That will still require a seperate audio connection with the HDMI. and put you back in the same boat.:banghead:

hdcoop
02-19-2008, 03:05 PM
OK. Thanks for the help! It looks like the external USB card with 5.1 will work for me and solve my problem. Of course, I could always get a new stereo reciever capable of switching HDMI and seperating off the audio for around $250.