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May 13, 2014 6:09:49 PM

Hello, I previously asked this question in systems with no result.
I currently have my monitor using an hdmi splitter with the outputs being my computer and my ps3. To get audio, I'm connecting the speakers directly to the monitor, but now my audio is terrible. Any noise comes out all static-y with higher pitched sounds sounding horrible. How can I have my speakers connected to my computer so the sound can be adjusted and sounds good, but also connected to my ps3 without having to buy any expensive cables?
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May 13, 2014 7:04:11 PM

the reason your sound is staticy is likely some poor hardware in your monitor or the jack. it could be electrical noise.

what speakers did you want to connect? unpowered 2.0? powered 2.1? powered 5.1?

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for 2.0 unpowered. you might not be able to power them with the extractor like i listed below for 2.1. worth a try i suppose but i cant guarantee that it will work.
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if you have a powered 2.1 set you could use a hdmi audio extractor like this one http://www.ebay.com/itm/HDMI-to-HDMI-Optical-SPDIF-RCA-... to pull audio from your ps3. you would need a rca (red+white) 2x male connector to 1x 3.5mm stereo connector female which you could plug the green 3.5mm cord into. for connecting to your pc i would just use the back of your computer or headphone jack.

if you want both connected at once.. you could just use a 3.5mm splitter. one Y going to the output of the above device. one Y going to the output of the pc. the single end being female and going to the speakers.

if you are using a 2.1 set you can get off relatively cheap.

i'm guessing since you mentioned you plugged into your monitor that you have a 2.1... (well it could be a 2.0 as well)

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if you have a powered 5.1
you could get a hdmi audio extractor which has 6 rca ports similar to the above mentioned one but they get expensive and are very hard to find. most of them instead are for optical/coax spdif outputs.

another option: you could have the speakers hooked up to your computer only and have a soundcard which is capable of accepting a spdif optical input signal. you would then run optical from your ps3 to this soundcard and with the pc on have it play the audio input from the ps3. its not cheap and not pretty but it works. the trouble is not many soundcards accept input in this way (which is why i said not cheap)

yet another option: get a speaker set with an optical input. not the cheapest option but would allow you to connect the ps3 up via optical and the pc up via 3.5mm at the same time. i know the z906 has this (but its expensive) i am not aware of other models.. you would have to look it up.

and another: you could output your pc and ps3 via optical and use something like this http://www.amazon.com/Panlong-Audio-Digital-Decoder-Con...

5.1 would not be a cheap option to fix.
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May 13, 2014 7:21:47 PM

ssddx said:
the reason your sound is staticy is likely some poor hardware in your monitor or the jack. it could be electrical noise.

what speakers did you want to connect? unpowered 2.0? powered 2.1? powered 5.1?

--

for 2.0 unpowered. you might not be able to power them with the extractor like i listed below for 2.1. worth a try i suppose but i cant guarantee that it will work.
--

if you have a powered 2.1 set you could use a hdmi audio extractor like this one http://www.ebay.com/itm/HDMI-to-HDMI-Optical-SPDIF-RCA-... to pull audio from your ps3. you would need a rca (red+white) 2x male connector to 1x 3.5mm stereo connector female which you could plug the green 3.5mm cord into. for connecting to your pc i would just use the back of your computer or headphone jack.

if you want both connected at once.. you could just use a 3.5mm splitter. one Y going to the output of the above device. one Y going to the output of the pc. the single end being female and going to the speakers.

if you are using a 2.1 set you can get off relatively cheap.

i'm guessing since you mentioned you plugged into your monitor that you have a 2.1... (well it could be a 2.0 as well)

---

if you have a powered 5.1
you could get a hdmi audio extractor which has 6 rca ports similar to the above mentioned one but they get expensive and are very hard to find. most of them instead are for optical/coax spdif outputs.

another option: you could have the speakers hooked up to your computer only and have a soundcard which is capable of accepting a spdif optical input signal. you would then run optical from your ps3 to this soundcard and with the pc on have it play the audio input from the ps3. its not cheap and not pretty but it works. the trouble is not many soundcards accept input in this way (which is why i said not cheap)

yet another option: get a speaker set with an optical input. not the cheapest option but would allow you to connect the ps3 up via optical and the pc up via 3.5mm at the same time. i know the z906 has this (but its expensive) i am not aware of other models.. you would have to look it up.

and another: you could output your pc and ps3 via optical and use something like this http://www.amazon.com/Panlong-Audio-Digital-Decoder-Con...

5.1 would not be a cheap option to fix.


Hi, thanks for the reply. I have these http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0027VT6V4/ref=oh_deta...
monitors that I picked up just because they were cheap. Not sure what type they are. I am pretty new to all of this.
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May 13, 2014 7:30:54 PM

that is a powered 2.1 system. powered since its plugged into the wall socket and 2.1 since its 2 speakers (left and right 2.0) with a subwoofer (the .1)

you would need the second option i listed under 2.1 powered which is a hdmi audio extractor. you dont have to get the particular one i listed but you would need something which does this same thing.
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May 13, 2014 7:32:38 PM

ssddx said:
that is a powered 2.1 system. powered since its plugged into the wall socket and 2.1 since its 2 speakers (left and right 2.0) with a subwoofer (the .1)

you would need the second option i listed under 2.1 powered which is a hdmi audio extractor. you dont have to get the particular one i listed but you would need something which does this same thing.


Cool, thank you so much.
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