How do I connect my home theatre PC to my receiver?
January 7, 2010 2:21 PM Subscribe
Please help me understand audio configurations. I have an HTPC with Media Center connected to a Denon receiver. The TV and speakers also connect to this receiver. Everything works fine, except for in the rare case when I am playing an .avi file that is encoded with audio in six (6) channels. In this one specifc case, I can hear sound effects, music, but no dialogue. I think I know why, but I don't know what to do about it.
posted by omair to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
For most of my video files, if you right click on the file, go to properties --> details --> under the "audio" section, "channels" is listed as 2 (stereo). These video files play normally.
Sometimes, "channels" has the value set to "6". For these files, when played in my home theatre setup, I can hear sound effects and music, but no dialogue.
I am connecting the sound card on the computer to the receiver using a 3.5mm-to-RCA (red and white) cable. Does that setup have a max of 2 channels that it can transmit? That would make sense, I guess.
So. What should I do? The sound card, apart from the main "audio out" 3.5mm jack has a few more 3.5mm jacks -- maybe I need to utilize these? However, where do they go on the other end? The receiver only has a red/white audio input RCA jacks. (Which is weird because the receiver has the ability to connect to 7 speakers plus a sub, but it can only input 1 red and 1 white set of connections?)
The other option is to force Media Center (or my codecs, or my computer) to take this 6 channel audio of the .avi file and treat it as 2 channel stereo sound so I get all the sound properly. If I play the exact same .avi file on my laptop with the same set of codecs, the video plays fine. But I don't know how to force it to do that on my Media Center.
Any ideas? Thank you.