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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hello Everyone,

I'm looking for some advise & hope this is the right place I would really appreciate some suggestions.

I have recently lost a lot of hearing & really struggle to hear films from the standard TV speakers.
What i'm trying to achieve is to some how have our TV outputting sound and have the sound sent to headphones at the same time. So my Wife can listen normally and I can listen clearly with headphones.

My Setup,

LED Samsung TV 32"
XBMC running on a PC, the video and audio both go through HDMI to the TV.

I have looked at trying to get the PC to output the audio on two hardware outputs but it cant be done.

My TV does not have any outputs other than a headphone socket & optical out, when I plug headphones into the TV the sound then stops coming out the speakers.

What I'm looking for is some sort Box that will sent the HDMI video and Audio to the TV & also output to a RCA or headphone socket preferably amplified for the headphones.

I can't seem to find a simply solution.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Thanks
Chris
Edited by critso - 6/15/12 at 4:09am
post #2 of 14
See if your HTPC would let you run just the video out over HDMI and the audio over the analog output from your PC to your TV. If so, you can split the analog out and run it to your TV and then also get a headphone amplifier that will accept the analog input.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply, That's a good and simply suggestion.

I forgot to mention that we also have a Wii console attached to the TV via the composite port.

From what I can see, The TV inputs are hdmi and composite, the composite is used by the Wii.

I was kinda looking for a hardware solution that will send the HDMI video and Audio to the TV & also output to a RCA or headphone socket preferably amplified for the headphones.

Would an AV receiver do this, I have looked at the specs of some Sony units but can't see clearly or understand the terminological.

Example the STR-DH820 has Analog Audio Out but does not explain how and from what sources.

Cheers
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply, That's a good and simply suggestion.

I forgot to mention that we also have a Wii console attached to the TV via the composite port.

From what I can see, The TV inputs are hdmi and composite, the composite is used by the Wii.

I was kinda looking for a hardware solution that will send the HDMI video and Audio to the TV & also output to a RCA or headphone socket preferably amplified for the headphones.

Would an AV receiver do this, I have looked at the specs of some Sony units but can't see clearly or understand the terminological.

Example the STR-DH820 has Analog Audio Out but does not explain how and from what sources.

Cheers
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply, That's a good and simply suggestion.

I forgot to mention that we also have a Wii console attached to the TV via the composite port.

From what I can see, The TV inputs are hdmi and composite, the composite is used by the Wii.

I was kinda looking for a hardware solution that will send the HDMI video and Audio to the TV & also output to a RCA or headphone socket preferably amplified for the headphones.

Would an AV receiver do this, I have looked at the specs of some Sony units but can't see clearly or understand the terminological.

Example the STR-DH820 has Analog Audio Out but does not explain how and from what sources.

Cheers
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by critso View Post

Hello Everyone,
I'm looking for some advise & hope this is the right place I would really appreciate some suggestions.
I have recently lost a lot of hearing & really struggle to hear films from the standard TV speakers.
What i'm trying to achieve is to some how have our TV outputting sound and have the sound sent to headphones at the same time. So my Wife can listen normally and I can listen clearly with headphones.
My Setup,
LED Samsung TV 32"
XBMC running on a PC, the video and audio both go through HDMI to the TV.

I have looked at trying to get the PC to output the audio on two hardware outputs but it cant be done.
My TV does not have any outputs other than a headphone socket & optical out, when I plug headphones into the TV the sound then stops coming out the speakers.
What I'm looking for is some sort Box that will sent the HDMI video and Audio to the TV & also output to a RCA or headphone socket preferably amplified for the headphones.

Optical-to-analog and HDMI-to-analog converters exist in numerous kinds and at various prices.

My Mitsubishi TV's only audio output is coax, and it is connected to a stereo recieiver, and thence to my Sennheiser wireless headphones via a surround processor that is set to stereo.
post #7 of 14
I would suggest that you spend $150 or so for a Denon AVR-1312 receiver.

Then you can connect everything to the receiver and the HDMI output of the receiver will connect to the TV set.

That will be much simpler and more flexible than trying do a bunch of Mickey-mouse work-arounds like you are trying to do.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Would this output to hdmi and headphones at the same time?.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
Double post sorry
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by critso View Post

Would this output to hdmi and headphones at the same time?.

Yes. I agree with critso that this is a simple, economic solution.
post #11 of 14
Yes; the receiver has a headphone jack that does not affect the HDMI output.

You can just listen to the TV speakers if you want, and not connect any speakers to the receiver, but I will bet that if you connect a relatively inexpensive set of speakers to the receiver, the sound will be so much better that you may not even want to use the headphones. Built-in TV speakers range from fair to horrible.

The Boston Acoustics CS23 speakers, for example, are only $80 per pair and will sound pretty good.
Edited by commsysman - 6/15/12 at 10:06am
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advise, sound like what I'm after, speakers might help. Do all the hdmi av receivers have this feature or just the denon's ?
post #13 of 14
Some do; some don't. You just need to go to the manufacturer's website and look at the specifications page carefully to see what features they have.

I think the 1312 is a very good unit for the money.
post #14 of 14
It looks like the suggestions here are good, probably more simple than what came to my mind. If you have a receiver with pre-outs on the back, a headphone amplifier could be connected to the front L/R jacks. Any sound the receiver plays through the two main channels also goes to the pre-outs. Of course, the previous suggestions are just as good or better. wink.gif
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