Originally Posted by seeyouaunty
I do have other soundcards in my pc with SPDIF and 5.1 analogue already connected to my rx-v665, however my goal is to use HDMI for audio as it finally gives me the flexibility to listen to lossless 5.1/7.1 music in winamp, stream DD/DTS from DVDs and get surround sound in games all without changing any settings.
I don't think that HDMI audio would buy you anything that the optical or coax output of a Dolby Digital Live / DTS Connect capable sound card (e.g. Asus Xonar series) couldn't provide, especially since neither your TV nor monitor support HDMI themselves. The real problem is that Vista and newer can't tell whether a program is using 2- or 5.1/7.1- channels, so in order to have the receiver do surround decoding of stereo data you have to either do SPDIF passthrough, or else change sound card settings explicitly to stereo and/or PCM (instead of DDL/AC3/DTS).
My main dilemma is i'm using the pc as a media server and i want to have 1 x tv out (component) + my 22" LCD + HDMI audio all going at the same time. Problems:
1) My tv is component only (no upgrades for at least a year)
2) My HD4670 GFX card can only output 2x desktops at a time
3) Enabling HDMI counts as a desktop even if i'm only using the audio
So to get what i want i need to power either my LCD monitor or my TV with HDMI going thru my rx-v665. Neither is looking simple at this point.
Yeah it sounds like putting the RX-V665 between monitor and PC is problematic, and you can't put it between the TV and PC instead because you can only use 2 outputs on the card at once and want one of them to be HDMI for audio. It looks like you'll really need to either get an HDMI TV (for HDMI audio) or a 5.1-over-SPDIF sound card (for SPDIF audio) for a pain-free experience.
Edit: I also noticed that the RX-V665 appears to be discontinued in favor of the 667, so it's unlikely that Yamaha would be interested in putting out another firmware unless they find a major issue.