[mythtv-users] Audio configuration question (hardware)
luitjens at cs.utah.edu
Fri Jan 26 20:24:01 UTC 2007
> By "RCA inputs," do you mean separate inputs for each channel, for a total of
> 6 input jacks? Or do you mean a single RCA/coaxial digital input jack? I'm
> guessing the former, but I'm not positive of that.
The only inputs are the RCA Red/White/Yellow inputs for video and audio.
> If my assumption above is correct, then I'd suggest you first check your
> manuals to see if you've got outputs with your current computer sound
> hardware for separate channels. Some motherboards have these as headers, even
> if there are no external output jacks; you could then buy or build an
> appropriate cable and bracket to give yourself access to the outputs and run
> wires from the computer to the receiver. If you have no separate outputs,
> then you should be able to buy a sound card that has them relatively
My motherboard has stereo connectors for a center/woofer, back surround,
side surround, line in, front out, and a mic.
If I want to connect this to my tv over a single stereo channel where
would I plug into? The center& woofer?
> Of course, this will give you analog connections between the computer and the
> receiver. I've not researched this in any depth, but I suspect you'd get
> better sound by using your computer's SPDIF outputs and a receiver that's
> designed to accept SPDIF inputs. Whether it's worth spending (potentially)
> several hundred dollars on such an upgrade is a subjective matter. Given the
> minor expense of running an analog link (particularly if you've got a few
> spare cables), you might want to try that first, and only replace your
> receiver if you're not satisfied with the results.
> If my assumption was wrong and you mean your receiver already has a coaxial
> SPDIF input, then just run a cable from your computer to the receiver and use
> it. (This assumes the Linux drivers for your sound card support 5.1 SPDIF
> output, and you'll probably have to muck with mixer settings.)
Unfortunately I don't have a receiver but a home theater system that
doesn't have much for inputs (RCA red/white/yellow only).
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