[mythtv-users] Digital Audio - HDMI vs SPD/IF

Norm Dressler mlists at dressler.ca
Tue Jul 14 12:33:39 UTC 2009

Phil Bridges wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 8:17 AM, Norm Dressler<mlists at dressler.ca> wrote:
>> John Haywood wrote:
>>> I'm just about to spring for a new receiver/speaker combo, and a couple of
>>> threads on this list gave me some pause for thought:
>>> Given that currently Audio over HDMI is limited to Stereo, wouldn't I be
>>> better off just sending video over HDMI, and use the optical for full
>>> 5/7.1/2 goodness?
>>> Given that the mythtv box has spdif out and the tv also, as long as the
>>> receiver has 2 optical inputs we should be all right?
>>> cheers as always
>>> john
>> Personally I wouldn't want audio over HDMI.  The speakers in TV's are
>> generally crap.  I currently use digital out to a THX audio amp which is
>> much better and what most would likely want to do for movies and such.  I
>> have a one year old TV as well so this is not an old LCD.
What would be the point of them having HDMI?  bigger cable and generally 
more of a pain compared to a digital (coax or optical!) and just for 
audio.  I guess to try and make things more 'uniform' or standard, but 
realistically, that will never happen.

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