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How do I connect PC/TV/Surround sound so they all play nice together?

A year ago, I bought a new TV with HDMI capability and hooked it up to my PC to work as a monitor (with a straight HDMI cable connection). IT. IS. AWESOME. I just moved into a new place with more room and now want to connect my surround sound system (5 speakers) to this setup as well. This is the receiver I'm considering purchasing and from what I can tell, will do what I need. Extra potentially pertinent info: I want my setup to allow me to use the surround sound at all times (when watching broadcast TV, when using the TV as the PC monitor, when using the BluRay player and when using the Wii (this is the least important)). I'm assuming the TV will connect to the receiver (via HDMI) and the PC will also connect to the receiver (via HDMI) and all other hook-ups will remain as-is. Thanks in advance for any advice or tips on how to make this easy! This will be my dream setup so I'm excited to get it right.
posted by Twicketface on Jul 29, 2013 - 15 answers

Why replace the foam on speakers?

I have an old (30+ years) pair of speakers, and the foam rubber surrounding the woofers is cracking and falling off. Numerous DIY websites explain how to replace this foam, but none seem to answer the most important question: why would you bother doing this? The speakers still make sound. [more inside]
posted by wondercow on Jan 27, 2013 - 3 answers

What? I can't hear you!

Keep and fix or junk? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Feb 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Bad sound at Dragon Tattoo

I tried to see Girl With the Dragon Tattoo today, but ran into sound problems on two different screens at the same theater. The symptoms were fairly specific, and I was curious if anyone familiar with cinema sound systems could tell me what the problem was. [more inside]
posted by yorick on Dec 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Using new-ish surround speakers with old head unit?

I have a Phillips DVD player/surround system. After making 15 seconds of horrible noise every time you started it up for the last six months, it finally died. How can I hook it up to the old Sony head unit that I had sitting in my basement? [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Oct 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Can I have surround sound that isn't ugly or obtrusive?

Can I have surround sound that isn't ugly or obtrusive? [more inside]
posted by dottiechang on Oct 13, 2011 - 39 answers

Does the Pioneer VSX-921-k surround receiver have a GUI that will work with a large volume of MP3's connected through the USB port?

Does the Pioneer VSX-921-k surround receiver have a GUI that will work with a large volume of MP3's connected through the USB port? [more inside]
posted by plumberonkarst on Sep 20, 2011 - 6 answers

How to get a PC to output surround sound to a receiver

Trying to work out how to get surround sound from a PC to a receiver... [more inside]
posted by xdvesper on Mar 20, 2011 - 4 answers

Let me let me upgrade ya

I want to upgrade my sound system for my television from nonexistent to sorta awesome. [more inside]
posted by King Bee on Oct 2, 2010 - 7 answers

Surround Serious Ears With Sound

AudiophileFilter: Building a 7.1 monitoring system in a seminar room, for very discerning listeners. My question is mostly about powered monitor speakers, and it's long. [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac on Jan 3, 2010 - 7 answers

TOSLINK USB surround sound adapter + Mac OS X?

What is a good, working surround sound USB adapter for a Mac mini in a home theatre setup, which uses a TOSLINK connector? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Dec 12, 2009 - 5 answers

The sound from a movie download comes out of two speakers, but what about 5.1?

These days a lot of movie viewing takes place from digital files sitting on a computer and downloaded from BitTorrent. In this environment, is it worth having a 5.1 type surround sound audio decoder? Do most of the movie files on BitTorrent come encoded as multi-channel surround sound these days? And to output 5.1 digital surround from a computer what does one need? A special sound card? Some kind of surround sound decoder separate attached to the computer via its optical out?
posted by skylar on May 4, 2009 - 11 answers

Recommend an inexpensive headphone amp/surround processor?

Can you recommend a decent low-cost headphone amplifier and surround sound processor? I used to have a Sennheiser DSP which did Dolby Pro-Logic decoding and headphone simulation, and am looking for something like that, but for Dolby Digital. [more inside]
posted by hades on Jan 21, 2009 - 2 answers

How can I use my TV speakers as the center channel on my receiver?

How can I use the speakers in my TV as the "center" speaker on my receiver? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Apr 7, 2008 - 11 answers

Best places to talk Home Audio?

What and where are the best audio/home theater discussion groups/forums for someone wanting to learn about said items? [more inside]
posted by Phyltre on Feb 25, 2008 - 10 answers

"We should have recorded the album in Dubley..."

Wireless speakers for a Philips HTS3555 surround sound system? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jun 26, 2007 - 2 answers

Gift: Help me replace a Samsung HT-P38 DVD Home Theater

GiftFilter: My brother's Samsung HT-P38 DVD Home Theater receiver is broken. I'd like to fix it or replace it with something equivalent/better/the same thing. Advise! [more inside]
posted by anonymoose on Dec 20, 2006 - 8 answers

2.0 + 3.1 = ?

Surround Sound 2.0 setup: What do I do w/ my new amp and old speakers? [more inside]
posted by daver on Sep 10, 2006 - 6 answers

Help me wire this crazy-ass layout for surround sound...

Help me inexpensively and at least somewhat discreetly wire my place for surround. The problem: Really challenging room layout and a tight budget. [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Jun 26, 2006 - 16 answers

surround sound for my Mac Mini?

What's the best surround sound solution for my Mac Mini? [more inside]
posted by asavage on May 10, 2006 - 9 answers

projector project?

Pursuant to the valuable surround sound system information found here and here, what options do I have with regard to my projector? [+] [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Apr 15, 2006 - 10 answers

Please help me get surround sound form an iMac G5.

Please help me get surround sound form an iMac G5. [more inside]
posted by Asef Jil on Jan 22, 2006 - 4 answers

Home theatre audio picks?

Say you're on a budget and you need a receiver and a surround sound speaker system... [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on May 25, 2005 - 14 answers

I have just bought a Dolby 5.1 sound system. Please tell me why I should or shouldn't listen to my CDs, recorded in stereo, using all six speakers.

Audionazi-filter: I have just bought a Dolby 5.1 sound system. Please tell me why I should or shouldn't listen to my CDs, recorded in stereo, using all six speakers. [And slightly related: What movies should I rent for their brilliant 5.1 sound?]
posted by meech on Jul 14, 2004 - 18 answers

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