Oh I totally missed the point that vladd was suggesting (yes it was vladd who suggested that) adding another VIDEO card
, I was thinking SOUND CARD
all this time (even when I typed video card above), sorry about that.
Yes, I was asking for a Sound Card
which would let me connect the HTPC to the AVR to pass HD audio to it, so I can hear the sound out of my speakers! I was thinking S/PDIF would be the next best option for this since I am using the HDMI for the video on the TV! Is that right? Should I get something like this
for that and pass audio through the optical connector to my AVR? How bad would be the overall quality compared to HDMI, would I still be able to get 7.1 channel sound effectively?
I am perfectly happy with the A6 APU (Llano) and its i-GPU for the needs I have from this glorified media player (HTPC)! I don't game on this or do anything that requires a discrete GPU (I have a OC'd i7 based rig for all that)! So video card is not what I was shooting for, it was a sound card!
But your suggestion is very helpful vladd, I did not not know that you could add a discrete GPU and pass only audio through that! That is great to know, but would the AVR have problems with that setup, using it for only audio through HDMI!
@ Andrew - To answer your questions, yes I have calibrated my display to be different than the in-store settings! It has been toned down, it is set to how we like it! Except for the STB everything else is 1080p quality video, the STB is on 720p for some reason, will check that switch if it has one! I have a Hauppauge 1213 WinTV-HVR-2250 PCI-E x1 Dual TV Tuner
for my OTA channels till recently, I got the cable just a week back when I switched from Comcast to AT&T U-verse! I am not very keen on spending more on a Cable card tuner like Ceton, because we are not big TV viewers anyways, we stream the content we need! But I did ask the guy who came to install U-verse about a cable card and he said that they don't provide one, I'm not sure about that though! So I would stick with this STB!
Another reason why I did not keep the HDMI3 for all the components is that the screen is not completely filled there is a small (tiny, hardly noticeable) black bar on the left side of the screen which is fine with me when it comes to HTPC viewing as this is much better than the strech/shrunk view that I used to get before, but I do not what to ruin it for the other stuff!