Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Speaker System with HTPC - Advice?

  1. #1
    Super Nerd
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Cambridge
    Posts
    1,785
    Thanks
    22
    Thanked
    105 times in 72 posts

    Speaker System with HTPC - Advice?

    I've got my HTPC's onboard sound disabled at the BIOS, a Radeon 5450 outputting sound over HDMI to a Samsung LE32A559P4F. The TV speakers though obviously suck, no bass and quiet. Temporarily I connected my set of AE Aego 2.1 speakers to the headphone output on the TV, sounds OK but this disabled most of the audio customisation options and sounds a bit weird with music coming from the PC.

    Been looking at home cinema systems, but I haven't been able to work out if I connect the PC via HDMI will the sound come through the home cinema speakers or is it only the sound from the cinema system's DVD unit or the TV.

    A Samsung system would integrate nicely with Anynet+ etc but it's not essential. I'm not bothered about Blu-ray as the HTPC handles that and I need 2.1 because I can't run wires in my living room, and not to expensive. Alternatively I could just get some speakers with an optical input?

    What's the best thing to get?
    Last edited by kingpotnoodle; 03-07-2010 at 05:13 PM.

  2. #2
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    177
    Thanks
    24
    Thanked
    30 times in 20 posts
    • chris_argyle's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5B Premium
      • CPU:
      • Intel Q6600
      • Memory:
      • 4gb XMS2 6400 DDR2
      • Storage:
      • 96gb SSD & 2Tb storage
      • Graphics card(s):
      • MSi 6870 Hawk
      • PSU:
      • Silverstone Decathlon 750
      • Case:
      • Silverstone TJ07
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 64bit Ultimate
      • Monitor(s):
      • Samsung SyncMaster 245B
      • Internet:
      • O2 20meg

    Re: Speaker System with HTPC - Advice?

    Is there anything else connected to the TV, eg xbox?
    When just viewing TV do you use a tuner in the HTPC or the TV?

  3. #3
    jim
    jim is offline
    HEXUS.clueless jim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Location: Location:
    Posts
    11,335
    Thanks
    604
    Thanked
    1,580 times in 1,260 posts
    • jim's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z
      • CPU:
      • i5 2500K @ 4.5GHz
      • Memory:
      • 8GB Corsair Vengeance LP
      • Storage:
      • 1TB Sandisk SSD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • ASUS GTX 970
      • PSU:
      • Corsair AX650
      • Case:
      • Silverstone Fortress FT03
      • Operating System:
      • 8.1 Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell S2716DG
      • Internet:
      • 10 Mbps ADSL

    Re: Speaker System with HTPC - Advice?

    I don't really get you to be honest.

    If you get an expensive av receiver, then it can take the audio out of the HDMI stream and play it through the speakers attached to the receiver. Last time I was looking, the cheaper units were unable to do that. Cheap meaning <£400.

    The best thing - in my opinion - is to do is get a av-receiver/amp with optical input and use that.

    If you want something cheap, why not just buy a computer 2.1 system and attach it to the headphone jack on the HTPC? You'd have to enable the onboard sound, obviously.

    But I'm still not quite sure what you want, your post was a bit confusing.

  4. #4
    Super Nerd
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Cambridge
    Posts
    1,785
    Thanks
    22
    Thanked
    105 times in 72 posts

    Re: Speaker System with HTPC - Advice?

    Sorry I might be a bit confusing... to be honest audio I'm a bit of a noob with.

    Quote Originally Posted by chris_argyle View Post
    Is there anything else connected to the TV, eg xbox?
    When just viewing TV do you use a tuner in the HTPC or the TV?
    Wii/XBox and I've been thinking about Sky or Virgin. I use the HTPC tuner, my girlfriend refuses to use the HTPC and so sticks to the TV's tuner - apparently the HTPC is too complicated

    Thats why I've been using the headphone socket on the TV and the Aegos, so I can have better speakers connected and outputting whatever sound from whatever source is being used. If I connect the speakers to the HTPC then they only function with the HTPC (and the onboard sound isn't so good), consoles and everything else get the crappy TV speakers...

    (My gaming PC also wants it Aegos back!)

    The home cinema systems look nice etc but I'm now thinking is just over complicating it and I'm better off just connecting decent speakers to the TV's sound output (optical or coax?)...
    Last edited by kingpotnoodle; 03-07-2010 at 06:11 PM.

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    177
    Thanks
    24
    Thanked
    30 times in 20 posts
    • chris_argyle's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5B Premium
      • CPU:
      • Intel Q6600
      • Memory:
      • 4gb XMS2 6400 DDR2
      • Storage:
      • 96gb SSD & 2Tb storage
      • Graphics card(s):
      • MSi 6870 Hawk
      • PSU:
      • Silverstone Decathlon 750
      • Case:
      • Silverstone TJ07
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 64bit Ultimate
      • Monitor(s):
      • Samsung SyncMaster 245B
      • Internet:
      • O2 20meg

    Re: Speaker System with HTPC - Advice?

    In this situation I personally would get an amp with several HDMI inputs and one out. Then you use HDMI to connect all devices (HTPC, Xbox, and TV receiver) directly to the amp. I would also run an optical to the amp from the TV so when the TV's tuner is used it also benefits from the better sound.

    As an example something like Sony-strdh500

    As I understand it the problem with using a home cinema is not just that the sound quality wont be up to the same quality, but some TV sets downmix a 5.1 signal they get in, to a 2.1 they output through their optical, rather than using the superior audio processing of the HTK to downmix.
    Last edited by chris_argyle; 03-07-2010 at 08:09 PM. Reason: re-read that only a 2.1 system was wanted

  6. Received thanks from:

    kingpotnoodle (04-07-2010)

  7. #6
    Super Nerd
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Cambridge
    Posts
    1,785
    Thanks
    22
    Thanked
    105 times in 72 posts

    Re: Speaker System with HTPC - Advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by chris_argyle View Post
    In this situation I personally would get an amp with several HDMI inputs and one out. Then you use HDMI to connect all devices (HTPC, Xbox, and TV receiver) directly to the amp. I would also run an optical to the amp from the TV so when the TV's tuner is used it also benefits from the better sound.

    As an example something like Sony-strdh500

    As I understand it the problem with using a home cinema is not just that the sound quality wont be up to the same quality, but some TV sets downmix a 5.1 signal they get in, to a 2.1 they output through their optical, rather than using the superior audio processing of the HTK to downmix.
    Ahh yes, that looks exactly what I need. Thanks :-)

  8. #7
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts

    Re: Speaker System with HTPC - Advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by kingpotnoodle View Post
    Ahh yes, that looks exactly what I need. Thanks :-)
    I agree with Chris,as some customers asked the same question to once our 5.1 hometheater was used.Some guys can not make right adjustment....misunderstand the quality...


  9. #8
    Chillie in here j.o.s.h.1408's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    a place called home
    Posts
    8,506
    Thanks
    750
    Thanked
    254 times in 191 posts
    • j.o.s.h.1408's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASUS P6T Delux
      • CPU:
      • Intel core i7 920 @ 3ghz
      • Memory:
      • 3GB DDR RAM
      • Storage:
      • 1TB Samsung F1, 500GB Seagate baracuda + 320gb Seagate PATA +150GB WD PATA
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA 480GTX SC edition
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic M12 600W Module PSU FTW
      • Case:
      • Lian Li PC-A7010B (the rolls royce of pc cases)
      • Operating System:
      • vista ultimate edition and windows xp
      • Monitor(s):
      • 22inch 2005FPW dell monitor
      • Internet:
      • 24mb BE There Broadband

    Re: Speaker System with HTPC - Advice?


Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Advice on small and quiet HTPC please
    By elsmandino in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 19-03-2010, 03:18 PM
  2. Q6600 System Advice, Opinions etc
    By alexkoon in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 01-09-2007, 09:12 PM
  3. New System [Q6600], Advice Needed
    By smithmr8 in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 33
    Last Post: 29-08-2007, 08:59 PM
  4. System post issues - need some advice. Dead or damaged?
    By stormy in forum Help! Quick Relief From Tech Headaches
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 21-08-2007, 03:09 PM
  5. need advice for new core 2 duo system
    By fresh in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 27-10-2006, 01:07 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •