[mythtv-users] HDMI out
markknecht at gmail.com
Sat Apr 26 04:57:26 UTC 2008
On Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 7:10 PM, Marc Randolph <mrand at pobox.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 7:02 PM, Mark Knecht <markknecht at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 4:54 PM, Justin Johnson
> > <justin.johnson3 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > > I'm looking for a way to output video and audio over HDMI. I've seen
> > > some video cards that have internal S/PDIF headers to connect your sound
> > > card to. However they all seem to be out of stock. I also saw a
> > > converter box for $270, a little more than I'd like to pay. Most of the
> > > cards I've seen have fans and are ATI. I'd really prefer nVidia and
> > > definitely want passive cooling, there's just no reason to add noise to
> > > my HTPC. Any suggestions on cards to look for?
> > >
> > > --
> > > --Justin Johnson
> > >
> > I saw I small article on the subject of audio over HDMI just this
> > morning. It requires HDMI Rev. 1.3 compatibility but if you're buying
> > new maybe you can swing it.
> > spdif - optical or coaxial - will work fine as long as your receiver
> > will sync to the spdif you're sending. Most receivers do. (Mine does
> > and it's cheap.) I use optical spdif..
> > Here's the article link:
> > http://www.hdtvmagazine.com/podcast/2008/04/hdtv_and_home_theater_podcast_270_-_movie_downloads_and_hdmi_vs_component.php
> Howdy Mark,
> I don't believe it's accurate that HDMI v1.3 is required for baseline
> audio. Each version has added additional audio modes, and my
> understanding is that v1.3 added even more. See:
> Have fun,
I agree. I think the point of the article, reading between the lines a
bit since I have no experience with HDMI, is that prior to Ver. 1.3
there have been problems getting real-world devices to talk reliably
to each other. I *think* they were saying that with 1.3 that's finally
getting behind them and devices are starting to work better.
If I was spending money today on a PC to home theater receiver
interface I would at least want to look at HDMI-1.3 but I'd still
probably want a back-up, such as spdif, to get the audio across.
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