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5.1 Audio without a reciever?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi guys,

 

Basically i'm trying to hook up a 5.1 surround sound (logitech Z607) to my TV (TCL 43DP628), but i'm on a budget and can't really afford an AVR (and I also wouldn't really have room for it, the surround sound system already looks enough out of place).

 

A few questions..

These probably are stupid questions, but thanks in advance.

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If you're using the TV itself as a tuner then you'll only get stereo output from SPDIF.

SPDIF itself can support 5.1 but you need the source to be 5.1.

If you want 5.1 from whatever DVD player or computer you're plugging into the TV you should try to get the audio from the source device, not the TV.

 

There is no information anywhere whether the TV can convert incoming HDMI surround sound to 5.1 SPDIF output.

If it does, then the spdif to 5.1 converter you linked would work well.

If it doesn't you'll probably be stuck with stereo.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
18 minutes ago, Enderman said:

If you're using the TV itself as a tuner then you'll only get stereo output from SPDIF.

SPDIF itself can support 5.1 but you need the source to be 5.1.

If you want 5.1 from whatever DVD player or computer you're plugging into the TV you should try to get the audio from the source device, not the TV.

 

There is no information anywhere whether the TV can convert incoming HDMI surround sound to 5.1 SPDIF output.

If it does, then the spdif to 5.1 converter you linked would work well.

If it doesn't you'll probably be stuck with stereo.

Ok thanks.

Does the HDMI arc port not support 5.1 out? E.g. Hdmi to 5.1 dac splitter. 

The only 5.1 source I really care about is Netflix through the smart TV app. So the only source I have is the TV. 

 

Sorry if I'm not making sense, it's 2am over here. 

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1 hour ago, CluelessBrit said:

Ok thanks.

Does the HDMI arc port not support 5.1 out? E.g. Hdmi to 5.1 dac splitter. 

 

Yeah I guess that's a second option too.


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16 hours ago, CluelessBrit said:

Hi guys,

 

Basically i'm trying to hook up a 5.1 surround sound (logitech Z607) to my TV (TCL 43DP628), but i'm on a budget and can't really afford an AVR (and I also wouldn't really have room for it, the surround sound system already looks enough out of place).

 

A few questions..

These probably are stupid questions, but thanks in advance.

SPDIF/TOSLink can carry an encoded compressed 5.1 Dolby Digital Live or DTS Connect signal. Your source needs to support encoding, and wherever you're sending the signal needs to be able to decode it (pretty much need a receiver).

I've continued to use Creative Sound Blaster sound cards for years because I kept sharing my home theater sound with the PC and their higher-end cards support DDL and usually DTSC out of the box with no funky drivers or driver modding needed. 

Not aware of any 'PC speaker' kits that have a DDL/DTSC decoder in their processing/amplifying box.

AFAIK any sound coming out from the TV will be only stereo (though I am not 100% sure about the HDMI ARC return signal)


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