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I'm thinking about purchasing a 5450 ATI card. It would go in my HTPC with Vista Ultimate/VMC, Gigabyte MOBO that has Analog and Optical out audio.


The question: any idea if I could ouput from the MOBO audio if I use this card, either via analog or optical while sending via HDMI? I want it to be able to play to Zone 2 on my Onkyo, and Zone 2 only accepts analog. My main thought is to put same thing to both, although, having music at one while htpc playing a movie through HDMI might be of interest.


Currently I am sending audio via the optical from MOBo, and I am sending that through a converter that will send to analog while also sending to the optical. I am aware that it may depend on the OS, because when my HTPC was XP, I could send out analog and digital simultaneously, but on Vista Ultimate, I have to use the converter.


I suppose another option to inquire about: Any chance there is a HDCP card that would ouput to analog while sending HDMI?


With a HDCP card, I'm not sure if I would be totally out of luck to get the audio to analog.


I have found some posts here about this, but the ones I found did not have a definitive answer. All were along the lines of "I think you can do this...". I will keep searching though.


Thanks for any thoughts.
 

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I have wondered this as well... as I have an Onkyo too that it has to be component in to go component out for Zone 2...
 

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It would appear that it doesn't work. I have an ATI HD5870 video card connected HDMI to a receiver, then to TV. I also have an Auzentech X-Fi Prelude sound card with Logitech speakers. To get HDMI audio I have to set the ATI HDMI Ouyput to be the default device, which disables output from the sound card. If I set Speakers to default device there is no HDMI audio.



FWIW I'm running Windows 7 64 bit.


Still seeking a solution and will post back if I find 1. I would like to use my sound card for gaming, etc. and want to stream music to receiver.
 

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I wonder if it could be achieved with some sort of switching congomeration. HDMI to a swtich which can output to multiple or something.


I too will post back if I figure something out. I am probablyu going to get a card.
 

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I am trying to solve this problem with my setup too. I have the 5450 card and have not found anyway to send analog and hdmi. I am thinking i might try this switch, monoprice item 5557, when it comes in stock since it outputs all audio simultaneously. I dont really need it as a switcher but just need the audio for zone 2 without having to go into the control panel and change the output all the time. Sorry its my first post so it would not let me post a link.
 

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It might be possible in J. River media center. You can specify zones and playback to them with different audio devices... or event different channels of the same sound card e.g. a 7.1 card can yield 4 stereo zones.
 

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It might be possible in J. River media center. You can specify zones and playback to them with different audio devices... or event different channels of the same sound card e.g. a 7.1 card can yield 4 stereo zones.

I'm using J. River media jukebox (the free one) and it doesn't appear to have that capability. That would be a perfect solution if it works. I'll try it tonight and report back.
 

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I am getting a switch, either the Gefen or a Key Digital switch... you inevitably have to get a nice switch or run into HDCP and handshake issues... I got the monoprice switch and got a pink screen with no audio...
 

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It might be possible in J. River media center. You can specify zones and playback to them with different audio devices... or event different channels of the same sound card e.g. a 7.1 card can yield 4 stereo zones.

I have J River Media Center, and while I play music through it, I do not play my movies through it. I can't test, as I don't have the card yet. I need to order it first



But I would also like the audio from movies to be able to play in Zone 2, and so JRM wouldn't help me there.
 

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I am getting a switch, either the Gefen or a Key Digital switch... you inevitably have to get a nice switch or run into HDCP and handshake issues... I got the monoprice switch and got a pink screen with no audio...

Can you post a link, or provide teh specific item number or name, so we can check them out?
 

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Fitbrit:


Thanks! Media Jukebox lets you specfy the output. This is perfect for me. I can keep my normal PC going through the sound card and only send the music output over HDMI.



Here's what the menu looks like:
 

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Well my solution is a little divergent to this topic... My Onkyo PR-SC5507 has dual HDMI out (basically splits it internal). I have a 15' cable that goes up from the basement to a HDMI wallplate and into the first Samsung LCD... no problems there... Out the Sub HDMi output I have a HDMI over ~75' Cat5e up to the bedroom to a second Samsung LCD (same capabilites for both TV's, so I nulled out any potential EDID issues regarding capability differences) I wasn't able to recieve a signal upstairs however... I learned two important things after messing around with different configs... the order you turn on the electronics matters... with the tv on after the reciever I would get a "Mode not supported" display on the Sammy ... If I turned the TV on first I could get a 95% clear pictures, a little bit of artifacting, but no audio...


I called Audio Authority up and discussed what i was seeing, I have used this company's products before for Component over Cat5e distribution and they are phenomenal with great customer support. So I purchsed this, Audio Authoirty 1391A , I will report back to see if this will be the solution to my HDMI issues.


But for others , this company makes great switches and splitters... they are a little pricey but they are also bulletproof, HDMI is pretty finecky, and eventhough I love Monoprice, the $34 splitter they sell failed to work...
 

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I'm a little confused. I have one Realtek processing chip on my Zotac board that I need the same audio signal output across the HDMI and the 3.5mm analog (since Onkyo Zone 2 is retarded...). JRMC can send the exact same signal to both outputs simultaneously?
 
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