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Old 06-03-2014, 06:53 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi all,


I would like to sollicit some advice on my theoretical Home Theater setup. I have an old InFocus beamer (DVI input) and a Denon AVR3805 receiver which I would like to use. These used to be hooked up to a desktop (Video Card DVI to beamer DVI and Toslink motherboard to Toslink receiver). I have now moved and the desktop is unpractical locationwise so am thinking on buying a laptop and using this as HTC. I have my eye on a Dell XPS 15 ( which has HDMI and a mini DisplayPort output.


My question: what would be the best way to split video and sound to the beamer and receiver?


For video I was thinking mini DisplayPort to DVI of the beamer via an adapter.


For audio I was thinking USB to external sound card (soundblaster X-Fi) which then sends Toslink to Toslink AVR.


Looking forward to your advice!


Thanks & regards,


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Old 08-16-2014, 05:40 PM
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Poor Sam, his only post, so hopeful, and no one responded. I'm currently looking at a similar situation with using a laptop for HTPC duty and a search brought up this thread. Does anyone have any advice on how to split and handle audio over USB? I see these are floating around on ebay:
Can anyone here confirm they do what they're supposed to, particularly the optical out?
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When I was using my laptop as a HTPC I used the Turtle Beach Advantage Micro II for audio to my receiver via optical. HDMI would go from the laptop to the tv.

Worked well for bitstreaming AC3 and DTS.


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I have also used the Turtle Beach Advantage Micro II with good results.
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