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blue934 5th October 2008 01:39 AM

notebook sound card
a friend wants to us his laptop's media center on his HT for audio/ dvd/ blueray. the laptop has hdmi and 1/8" outputs but his reciever has no hdmi inputs. he could go straight to his lcd tv or analogue audio to the denon reciever but wants to use digital a/v to the reciever. the only thing i can think of is a good sound card with digital coaxial outputs. is this correct, and what is a good card to look for?

any help would be appreciated

ECM 14th October 2008 07:36 AM

Check the 1/8" outputs first. On my laptop they double as optical outputs so no sound card is needed. Just get an optical cable and 1/8" optical adapter and connect the other end to the AV receiver.

If the laptop doesn't have digital outputs already, you can get a USB to SPDIF from Hagtech or ebay. For my older laptop, I was using an M-Audio Sonica with optical out.

blue934 14th October 2008 08:19 AM

will check,


Quaddy 27th October 2008 02:23 PM

as ECM says, a usb to spdif box would be a good idea, most of them electrically isolate computer interference and provide coax or various outputs, i use a trends audio UD-10.1 and am very pleased with its sound, i believe it to better than the hag unit.

blue934 27th October 2008 03:09 PM

thanks Quaddy, but that still doesn't give him a video out. looking for some way to get a video signal out of the laptop that is not hdmi so he can go direct to receiver.


Quaddy 27th October 2008 04:44 PM

hmmm, does the receiver take component? if so utilize his laptops HDMI out, and get an HDMI to component convertor box, here in maplins, UK they are about 35

blue934 27th October 2008 06:51 PM

hey that's what i'm looking for. i asked several techs before posting here if there was some kind of hdmi converter and got blank stares. any recommendations for a reasonable priced 1080p compatible unit? yes component in the receiver is a go.

would this work? i'm sure he has a vga out.


Quaddy 27th October 2008 07:57 PM

hey blue,

that one from amazon wouldnt work, it does say not compatible at all with computer I/O

the end connector although the same connector, looks to be more like a cable for projectors or alike, i am pretty sure it would involve some kind of electronic processing in a box, not inline and discrete like that amazon product which simply terminates the end to a different format.

by the way, whatever you plump for, be careful, as some boxes for sale on ebay, are the opposite way you need (directional) and will only convert component outputs to HDMI, you need HDMI->YPbPr


heres a link, damn expensive (maybe a single input is available?)

blue934 28th October 2008 12:29 AM

thanks quaddy, i will forward this to my buddy, he has somwhere to go now.


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