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Wanting to hook my PS3 up to the DVI D on my HDTV?

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December 25, 2013 11:37:05 PM

Basically, I recently got a WiiU, and since it has TV control functions I'd like to have it hooked up to my TV through the HDMI, but I only have one HDMI port on my TV. This means that without some kind of improved set up I have to either get an HDMI splitter/switcher, manually switch the cables, or use another port on my TV to get my PS3 hooked up at the same time.

I'd really like to set it up so they're both hooked up at once, without some kind of HDMI switcher and just using the normal inputs on my TV to get to things. Am I correct in thinking that using my DVI D dual link port would be the best route to go, and what technical things do I need?

I've looked around on my own but most answers I found online were either inconsistent or unhelpful, and they only talked about using the DVI D on actual monitors, where as in this case it is an HDTV that has built in speakers and can output its own audio.

Any help would be appreciated. If you have any questions about the specifics of my TV let me know.

I see some cables for cheap online but I'm just wary to spend anything when I have no real idea what would actually work.
December 25, 2013 11:42:14 PM

problem is dvi doesnt carry audio and i dont think you can select a seperate audio output for the ps3

hmm. might be possible if there was something that split the sound off of hdmi. possibly if the optical audio out on the ps3 is active while it uses hdmi. though you would need something to swap from optical to RCA audio or something...
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December 25, 2013 11:53:01 PM

neon neophyte said:
problem is dvi doesnt carry audio and i dont think you can select a seperate audio output for the ps3

hmm. might be possible if there was something that split the sound off of hdmi. possibly if the optical audio out on the ps3 is active while it uses hdmi. though you would need something to swap from optical to RCA audio or something...


I found this thread linked and so it seems I can output audio separately from RCA while HDMI handles video, but then I also saw here that an adapter might actually carry the audio as well when going from HDMI to DVI D, or at least that's what that person reported.
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December 26, 2013 1:00:01 AM

You definitely can output audio separately using RCA and a set of external speakers, in fact something I was doing for years because of PS3 sound issues over HDMI, but the adapter won't carry the sound the way you want to. In that thread the person went from HDMI to DVI back to HDMI, but you'll be plugging it into your TV as DVI, which while it may have carried the audio information through the cable, your TV will have no idea how to translate it and play it through the TV speakers. Best bet is to get some very cheap external speakers to use with your RCA connector.
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December 26, 2013 8:24:50 PM

Anakha00 said:
You definitely can output audio separately using RCA and a set of external speakers, in fact something I was doing for years because of PS3 sound issues over HDMI, but the adapter won't carry the sound the way you want to. In that thread the person went from HDMI to DVI back to HDMI, but you'll be plugging it into your TV as DVI, which while it may have carried the audio information through the cable, your TV will have no idea how to translate it and play it through the TV speakers. Best bet is to get some very cheap external speakers to use with your RCA connector.


Ok I see why the adapter would not work now for sound. So for the HDMI to DVI, can I just use a cable like this without having to add anything else special for the video signal? and then just use the RCA that plugs in to the back of the system, to plug into this, and have my separate speakers plug into that? I already have speakers so if it really is just 2 cords that I have to get then it wouldn't be all that hard.
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December 27, 2013 12:41:49 AM

The HDMI to DVI cable would be fine, but for the RCA cable you'd probably want RCA Female to 3.5mm Male.
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