I've thought about the Apple TV route, but it just seems unnecessary. I already have the PC, which I would think does everythign the apple TV can do, and more.
I do understand that HDMI straight to speakers will not work, that was my original hope, and reason for the thread.
I also understand now that my next thought, headphone out or line level out to a speaker will work, it just won't produce enough sound, or work at all pending certain speakers.
But, I do know that line level out / headphones out paired with these speakers:http://www.google.com/products/catal...=0CIABEPMCMAA#
work, as this is what I currently do a lot of the time. The above link isn't exactly what I have, as I don't have the ipod dock, but it is the same. It is powerd, has a built in amp, and should, if I am readin gyour guys suggestios correctly, work with what I want.
Now, the problem still exists of getting one "output" from my htpc to drive sound to multiple locations. 1st location is the TV, this is already done just by the hdmi to the TV. 2nd is, somehow, to convert hdmi out down to analog to send the signal to the above speakers as an example.
Since those speakers have built in amp and everything needed to power the speakers, I think, then all I need is to get the signal to the speakers, or rather the wireless unit which transmits it to the speakers.
I was trying to avoid using those speakers just because they aren' the most attractive solution, and was looking for a flush mount speaker, but I am ok with using these.
So, is there any way to go from HDMI to the above speakers, without the use of an AVR.
If not, then I'll just plug in the line out every time I want to use them, it's a pain, but I know for a fact it will work, as I have done it many, many times.