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Old 07-03-2009, 09:37 AM   #1
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Default Optical or HDMI?

ok, if i wanted the best audio to a theator set up,

which would be better to use?
Optical Audio or HDMI?

or cant the normal person tell the difference between the two?
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Depends. What are you trying to accomplish? Do you need to carry video?
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I would instinctively say Optical... But I could be wrong!
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Well, HDMI should have more potential because of the fact that it carries both audio and video to the source. Most audio receivers take advantage of this one connection, reducing clutter and frustration.
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Old 07-03-2009, 01:41 PM   #5
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Default Re: Optical or HDMI?

it will be going from my comp, to a surround sound receiver, 5.1, i wanna know which rout i should go, but i dont see to many surround sound setups that have HDMI in and outs, 300 bucks or less
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Default Re: Optical or HDMI?

Will you be using computer speakers?
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Default Re: Optical or HDMI?

Well, pc's with an HDMI port don't usually transmit audio through HDMI, you have to have a separate audio hookup. So no matter what you are probably going to have to have the optical audio cable hooked up.

I know I tried it with my laptop and it only had video through the HDMI port, no sound.
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It depends on your computer. Notebooks are known for not including audio within their HDMI connections. Desktops are a different story.
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Old 07-03-2009, 08:45 PM   #9
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i would be going from my HD4850 (4890 possible) with the HDMI for audio/video, or using my Mobos onboard Optical Audio Out.

and no, no comp speakers, something like this...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882005034

and maybe some other one with HDMI in, instead of Optical
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Default Re: Optical or HDMI?

Use your 2-pin audio S/PDIF loop cable from your motherboard to your graphics card and send out HDMI from there. Supposedly, Optical is better for audio than HDMI, but it's probably not noticeable. Also depends on the quality of the HDMI cable you buy and you audio receivers and such.
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