I got the point
Originally Posted by Veerappan
But with any setup, you need two cables (no matter what type).
One to receiver and another to TV.
So it's practical in case that your PC is far enough from TV/receiver.
Anyway it's good to have more features.
What is more important for me is video playback ability/quality, so HTPC is built around C2D + 9400 IGP. I tend to forget that i have no more ATI GPUs at home.
Have you actually tried this kind of setup? Most TVs only let you output digital sound from the internal tuner (no HDMI to SPDIF routing). And this digital output is sometimes capable of outputting only two channels. What TV brand/model are you using?
Originally Posted by droidhacker
Sound over HDMI is the way to go for HTPC users.
Unfortunately going this route usually disables the ability to play protected streams. When this kind of configuration is used you will usually be treated with stereo sound as the HDCP has been compromised. Of course without the ability to play such streams in linux without stripping the DRM is not currently possible anyways.
Originally Posted by droidhacker
Will this let me play HD audio formats from my computer?
Computer -> HDMI -> Receiver
I'm currently using TOSlink but that doesn't have the bandwidth for HD.
As far as I know it supports 7.1 audio channels, so most probably yes. And it's digital, of course.
Originally Posted by linuxjacques
If I ever set up a 2 seat system. I'll just use main sound board for one seat and hang some powered speakers off the 2nd monitor.
Originally Posted by Louise
Bad Idea - big time
98% (a percentage that is a mere starting guess) of people using ATI cards are NOT running HTPCs, they are just normal desktops. So what? The HDMI driver grabs sound card zero and effectively mutes your computer. The savvy user knows this and edits /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf to move the HDMI sound to -2. The noob goes wtf? and goes back to Windows. If it is part of the kernel then the sound output from the soundcard will not work right from the start.
Just my two cents worth. I have a desktop with an HD3450 that does not have HDMI, yet the driver makes the device anyway so i had to fix my sound up. I also have an HTPC running a Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H motherboard with onboard HD3200 and it does have HDMI sound, which I do not use for the reasons given above. The output from the TV is nobbled for DRM requirements so I need Optical spdif out to my amp. Again I had to work at fixing the sound. One day I will replace my amp with an HDMI model, but my current amp is working well so it will not be for a long time.
I am a 12 year plus Linux user, and I worked out the problem and solution without effort. A noob is going to struggle with even where to start.
Last edited by grege; 12-17-2009 at 03:50 AM.
OTOH the new open source driver is awesome
I am a Sidux user and the wonderful people who package Sidux have made the latest drivers available in the repos. My machine with an HD3450 now runs the open source radeon driver with desktop effects and xv acceleration. So far it has been rock solid. It is also installed on my HTPC and works just as well with the onboard HD3200.
A big thank you to those who have slaved away to create the radeon driver.
Something wrong with your distro pal, F12 with RHD -- audio *just works* out of the mainboard soundcard with no issues. The problems only happen when you tell PA to use the RHD soundcard, but that is to be expected. Certainly isn't going to scare off any newb's when it *just works*.
Originally Posted by grege