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5450 HTPC Help!

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April 24, 2010 6:50:45 PM

I was looking to changing the graphics card in my HTPC from a X1650 to a HD 5450 since now I got a 4 year old 5.1 sound system from my dad. I know that the HD 5450 supports bitstreaming over HDMI but I know that my sound system does not support that and I don't have a BluRay reader so it isn't needed. Now my question was if I had the HDMI go from the 5450 to my Sony Bravia TV and then connect the Optical audio out from the TV to the Panasonic 5.1 receiver would I be able to get 5.1 sound(not hi-def albeit)?

By the way, the receiver supports DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital Pro Logic II 5.1.

Thanks in advance.

PS: I also looked into the idea of just adding a sound card that supports Optical out but if the 5450 supports what I asked than it would make more sense to get it since I could have better quality over HDMI than VGA.

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April 24, 2010 7:41:07 PM

so this will be your set up?

5450 sends audio/video by HDMI to your TV

TV sends audio out to the receiver?

Yes it will work, don't forget to turn the TV speakers to "off" or "0 sound setting"
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April 24, 2010 8:29:59 PM

It will depend on your TV model. Some pass through the 5.1 just fine. Some (like my older Samsung), will not and instead downsample to 2-channel stereo.
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April 24, 2010 9:26:30 PM

This is why I am glad having landed a XFX 780i for peanuts ($38.77 us) since it has optical audio out. The AP (above poster) has good advice as to get this working so I'll loiter for now till I have better input.
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