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Interfacing ASIO to HDMI to drive a 5.1 system from a DAW in realtime

I have Propellerhead's Reason connected to ASIO4all. I want to stream at least four channels via HDMI to a 5.1 receiver for surround-sound monitoring. Is this fairly straight-forward plug-n-play nowadays, or does it require some fiddling? What receivers would your recommend? [more inside]
posted by Ardiril on Aug 10, 2013 - 2 answers

best sound system for hearing movie dialogue

Ever since the DVD age began, I've noticed that music and sound effects in movies are always WAY louder than the dialogue. It's really annoying. Will a properly configured surround sound system fix this? What is the right way to set up surround sound speakers? Are sound bars any good? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Mar 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Surround Sound Hook-Up Question

The house the boyfriend and I bought was already wired for surround sound, however, we don't want the receiver in the spot where the previous owners had it. The wires coming out of wall are too short for where we want it, so we would like to use wire extenders to lengthen them. However, I'm not sure what gauge the wires coming out of the wall are, so I'm not positive they're compatible with our speakers. Is there a way to tell what gauge they are, or is that sort of thing pretty standard? This is our first experience with surround sound, so we're pretty clueless, but trying to educate ourselves. [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Jan 23, 2013 - 20 answers

How should Les Miserables sound?

What kind of sound does (or should) the film Les Miserables have? [more inside]
posted by justkevin on Dec 27, 2012 - 6 answers

How to connect RCA surround sound to HDMI TV?

How to best connect a surround sound with RCA plugs to everything HDMI, or in reverse? Full explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on Nov 28, 2012 - 24 answers

Netflix with Dolby Digital+, older receiver

Netflix using Roku now appears to only support Dolby Digital Plus. My existing receiver does not support Dolby Digital Plus. What are my best options? My Receiver has 7.1 analog plugs, plus supports dolby digital and dts ex. It has coax and optical inputs but no HDMI. (I am currently using an external HDMI switch that has these as an output, but as I understand it DD+ does not work with optical.) [more inside]
posted by santogold on Aug 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Home theater test discs

Help me test the limits of my new home theater by recommending some good discs. [more inside]
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Sockpuppetry on Dec 9, 2011 - 27 answers

Which soundbar do I pick? And will it work the way I want it to?

Questions & Recommendations about 'Soundbar' Style Speakers that Simulate 5.1 Surround Sound without 5 speakers [more inside]
posted by darkgroove on Nov 14, 2010 - 2 answers

Can you help me decide how to build my home theater?

Yet another Can you help me decide how to build my home theater question [more inside]
posted by Fiat124 on Nov 13, 2010 - 10 answers

Recreating Le Diatope at home

Multi-channel audio for music, not movies. Please help me listen to multi-channel mixes of classic avant garde electronic music like Xenakis and Subotnick which come in 24-bit and DTS / Dolby 5.1. I am completely ignorant of "home theatre" surround sound. I would probably be pleased to own a budget Blu-ray player or maybe something more pricy that "does it all" and produces good quality Red Book CD audio as well. I have also read about Dolby Headphone. I am in the U.S. [more inside]
posted by galaksit on Nov 9, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me reduce the footprint of my home theater components.

Help me reduce the footprint of my home theater components. Any and all options welcome. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Sep 17, 2010 - 10 answers

Can I not use this Surround Sound system with my setup?

I was just given an older model Surround Sound System that doesn't have digital inputs. Can I fit this into my current setup? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Jun 26, 2010 - 4 answers

How to get good sound without annoying neighbors?

Do you have any recommendations for a sound system / speaker layout that will get good sound to my ears, but not to my downstairs neighbor? [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed on May 27, 2010 - 13 answers

Budget home theater

Help me design a budget HD home theater. [more inside]
posted by bove on Sep 9, 2009 - 17 answers

Technophobe seeks help wrangling Dolby 5.1 into plain old stereo

More and more DVDs are coming encoded with Dolby surround sound and many don't have an alternate Dolby stereo option. The resulting sound has way too much background noise mixed in, making it hard to hear the dialogue. Usually, we turn down the volume and turn on the closed captions. Is there another way or am I forced to spend hundreds on a surround-sound system? [more inside]
posted by parilous on Apr 30, 2009 - 15 answers

How do I stop my surround sound system cutting out?

My surround sound system keeps cutting out at higher volumes. Please help me find a way to stop it happening. [more inside]
posted by Beep on Jan 21, 2009 - 9 answers

How can I make my surround system work on my Xbox 360?

How do I make my surround sound work with my Xbox 360? I have a Panasonic stereo system, model number SC-AK600, which has 5 speakers. When I play CDs through it, all speakers work fine. I also have it hooked up to a DVD player through a coaxial cable, and again it works fine with all speakers. [more inside]
posted by Beep on Jan 12, 2009 - 9 answers

Where can I find a specific stereo speaker to replace my old one?

Where can I find the correct speaker for my Panasonic CD Stereo System, model number SC-AK600? It still works quite well except for the left surround speaker. I need to find a replacement speaker. Any websites out there that sell these?
posted by Beep on Dec 16, 2008 - 3 answers

Help me set up my new 5.1 surround sound speakers!

I just bought a 5.1 home theatre system. The speakers are Klipsch; the receiver is a Yamaha RX-V363. I'm having some (read; a lot) setup problems that I'm hoping the hive mind could help me out with. Specifically, I'm having trouble getting sound out of my PS3 and a picture and sound out of my Wii. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Jun 14, 2008 - 11 answers

Manuals for a Technics SU-G91 amp?

Old-skool AmpFilter: Who can provide links and/or guidance for us to find manuals / technical info for an older Technics amp and 5-CD changer? [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Jan 6, 2008 - 8 answers

Surround Sound Movies?

Can you recommend some good movies to watch that will utilize my surround sound, but won't put me to sleep? [more inside]
posted by eunoia on Jun 30, 2007 - 26 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

Get a dumpster surround sound system to play from my Macbook?

How can I get surround sound from my Macbook to this nice five speaker system I found in the trash? [more inside]
posted by raygan on Jun 4, 2007 - 16 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

Help me get the surround sound system from heaven.

Help me get a surround sound system! Specific questions and products inside. [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe on May 22, 2006 - 17 answers

Surround sound, without breaking the bank?

Recommendations for a decent surround sound + DVD setup between $250-350? [more inside]
posted by Rothko on Jan 2, 2006 - 5 answers

Wireless speaker transmitter system for surround sound?

Does a wireless speaker transmitter/amplifier system for surround sound exist? [more inside]
posted by Four Flavors on Jun 21, 2005 - 5 answers

iTunes to SACD by way of CD

Are CDs and SACDs physically the same - just with different audio encoding? [more inside]
posted by ao4047 on Apr 9, 2005 - 6 answers

Wireless Speakers

Following an earlier question I uncovered and had an old parquet floor refinished. Its beautiful, and I thank everyone that advised me.

Now I want to reinstall my surround sound speakers, and I cannot think of a neat (non-destructive) way to get the rear speakers installed. Rugs are out of the question - and I really don't want to run cables all the way round the room.

Are there any wireless speaker solutions that don't suck?
posted by mattr on Nov 12, 2004 - 16 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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