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Watch hdtv on my laptop with 5.1 sound?

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September 23, 2009 10:29:05 PM

So i just built a new system, and i have an hd cable box that i want to watch on my monitor. The problem is that i'm not sure how to watch it so that i use my monitor and my good speakers (my monitor speakers suck)

my cable box has an hdmi out

my monitor has hdmi in and spdif out (its an asus vh236)

my computer has an asus p6t motherboard and no sound card (i use the mobo). the sound ports on the mobo are optical and coaxial spdif out, and then rear speakers out, front speakers out, center and sub out, line in, and side speakers out

my speakers are logitech x-540, so they have no spdif in or anything.

i want to get alll 6 channels of sound when i watch hdtv, but i don't want to get a tv tuner.

any ideas? would the spdif out on the mobo take spdif in?
September 24, 2009 1:31:27 PM

Unfortunately you will not be able to use your P6T's coaxial output as a coaxial input.
You are going to need an aftermarket sound card that supports coaxial input.

If you have the budget, both the ASUS Xonar D2 (PCI) and Xonar D2X (PCIe) are exelent choices with top notch sound quality.
If your budget is limited, Newegg has cards with coaxial inputs starting around $25 although I doubt their quality will be any better than what you already have :( 
September 24, 2009 2:08:11 PM

OK for what I can see you might get audio and video but no 5.1 audio without buying more hardware. if you connect the HDMI to the monitor and RCA from the cable box to the back of the speakers you will get video and audio. Unless you find in the control panel/ audio a way to change s/pdif to input (I doubt it) there is no way for you to use your computer without buying more hardware. most likely a sound card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I don't know if this one is good but as you can see it has an coaxial input then you could connect the HDMI to the monitor then a coaxial cable from the monitor to the computer and out to your speakers,

also you might have an coaxial output on you cable box then you might be able to get the audio straight from the cable box to the computer then to the speakers.

NOTE: Make sure to adjust the settings on the cable box to whatever connections you choose. Weather is RCA, Coaxial or HDMI. Please let me know of the outcome.
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