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Digital Audio/Video => Movie/Multichannel audio => Topic started by: 322 on 2014-03-25 14:59:25

Title: PC 5.1 capture device
Post by: 322 on 2014-03-25 14:59:25
My current basic equipment fully supports the 5.1 standard: an integrated 6 channel audio card and an analog 5.1 PC speaker system.

I want to connect my Xbox360, Playstation 3 and (if possible) Playstation 2 to PC so that I can enjoy a 6 channel (5.1) sound. What would be the cheapest way?
Title: PC 5.1 capture device
Post by: andy o on 2014-03-25 15:42:49
Just yesterday I was reading some updated info (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1121367/the-inconvenient-truth-about-spdif-input/150) on this, which is an old problem. In a gist, it's not possible without significant delay, which won't work for games. Also, it seems to require XP and some specific cards. The ideal thing is to get a hardware decoder. They seem to be around $50 from a quick google.

You will also probably need a 6-channel switch. See this Creative decoder, from when Creative used to make actually creative products http://www.head-fi.org/t/94870/creative-ddts-100-decoder (http://www.head-fi.org/t/94870/creative-ddts-100-decoder). It came with its own switch. It appears that it's not easy to find a cheap switch though, so you might have to buy 3 stereo switches.
Title: PC 5.1 capture device
Post by: 322 on 2014-03-25 16:31:39
Just yesterday I was reading some updated info (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1121367/the-inconvenient-truth-about-spdif-input/150) on this, which is an old problem. In a gist, it's not possible without significant delay, which won't work for games.


This might be true with the SPDIF interface. What about HDMI? At least Xbox360/PS3 generation consoles are compliant with this connexion, it’s just that I’m worried about the fact that HDMI capture cards themselves might not be 5.1 compatible. This card (http://avertv.avermedia.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?Id=499), for example, seems to be fine, except that nowhere it is mentioned if it supports more than 2 channel input.
Title: PC 5.1 capture device
Post by: andy o on 2014-03-27 01:25:58
You don't want to capture to PC first for games, that introduces delay. I'd think it'd be even more difficult to do it via HDMI anyway. You can get a standalone Dolby decoder with 5.1 output for about $50. Or if you want HDMI, you can buy something like this (http://www.gefen.com/kvm/gtv-hdmi-2-hdmiaud.jsp?prod_id=9164), but at that point I'd rather get a receiver.
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