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HTPC analog audio question

Last response: in Home Audio
July 8, 2010 4:01:38 PM

Here is my setup:

Yamaha RX-V3900 AV Receiver
HTPC with ASUS M4A78-E mobo and HIS/ATI Radeon 4670 vid card with HDMI (HDMI used for video and audio to HTPC)

The rest of the components are a moot point. Here is the issue:

I am trying to set up a second audio zone outside my house on the back deck with two speakers. The receiver is capable of multiple zones. In order to connect my components to the receiver I MUST use analog connections and cannot use digital connections for any zone other than the main zone. The main zone can stay digital which is what I prefer. I have connected the DVD player via analog just for audio purposes and it works fine in the second zone, as does the DVR (so I can listen to sports games while on the deck, etc....). The problem is the HTPC.

When watching a blu-ray, the HTPC pushes the sound and video through the HDMI connection from the video card to the receiver. This works very well. I now want to be able to push an analog signal from my mobo to the receiver simultaneously to the digital HDMI signal so I can use my HTPC as a media server and play music through the receiver to the second zone I am running. Is this possible?

I have tried using a jack from the green speaker jack in the rear of the HTPC to the receiver but I think that is pushing a digital signal and thus it is not working. Is there any way to change the mobo's output from that jack to an analog signal? If there is a PCI expansion card that I should by then I will consider that too. Suggestions? Thank you in advance for your assistance.
July 9, 2010 1:07:34 AM

the green jack is only analog
double click the speaker icon on your desktop and check all the audio settings. There should be a way to turn on the green jack for an audio output.
However, problems with the audio outputs on Asus boards are widely reported.
What happens when you connect a pair of PC powered speakers to the green jack, any sound?
July 9, 2010 3:12:04 AM

I was thinking that I should check the cable and also will connect a working pair of speakers. Report back shortly.
December 21, 2012 11:35:16 AM

I am having a similar problem with my yamaha rx-v371. I would think the AVR would convert to analog before it goes to audio out jacks, but maybe we need a DAC between the PC and the AVR.