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Is surround sound gaming possible via HDMI?

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August 29, 2012 7:50:17 PM

I need to borrow from someone's technical kung fu since I have to go to work and can't test anymore today. I have a computer running an Nvidia 560Ti and I'm running HDMI to an Yamaha RX-V371BL and finally to my Panasonic VIERA TC-L42E50. If I go into the playback devices in Windows it's set to use my TV as the output device, speakers set to 5.1, and a sound test from here hits all my speakers just fine. Gaming, however, gives me front left/right only every time. My old asus xonar is still installed and enabled. Any idea where I should start looking for the problem here, or information I should be including? Did I finally find my white whale, and I just need to get used to stereo with this setup?

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August 29, 2012 8:43:24 PM

When you use an HDMI cable, you're bypassing your Xonar Sound card. If the game you're playing does not support Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Digital, or DTS your video card is going to pass a 2.0 signal. Your receiver has a Dolby ProLogicII decoder, so you can at least set it on PLII, and get a matrix 5.1 surround.
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August 29, 2012 9:23:30 PM

jcoultas98 said:
When you use an HDMI cable, you're bypassing your Xonar Sound card. If the game you're playing does not support Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Digital, or DTS your video card is going to pass a 2.0 signal. Your receiver has a Dolby ProLogicII decoder, so you can at least set it on PLII, and get a matrix 5.1 surround.



That makes sense. I'll have to try it when I get home. Thank you!
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August 30, 2012 5:22:18 PM

Best answer selected by volarath.
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August 30, 2012 5:22:47 PM

Yep, that worked nicely. Thanks!
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