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Connecting my 5.1 System with my PC

by mxzh / November 8, 2014 5:48 PM PST

Hey! I recently got the Philips HTB3550G and would love to connect it to my PC, considering I use that a lot more than my TV. I was wondering if it was possible, and if so, what I need for it to work. Here the ports I have available on both my system and my PC:

http://i.imgur.com/g0iSCqW.jpg - http://i.imgur.com/O0AQuoQ.jpg

This is copied from the system's manual:

Connectivity
Front Connections: Audio in, Hi-Speed USB, Microphone In

Rear Connections: Digital Coaxial in, Digital optical in, Easy-Fit Speaker Jacks, Ethernet, HDMI 1.4 output (ARC), AUX in, Fixed FM Antenna, Wireless Rear Audio

Integrated Connections: Bluetooth, NFC

Appreciate any help, thanks in advance!

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Clarification Request
PC is likely the bottleneck
by Pepe7 / November 9, 2014 1:41 AM PST

Since this HT 'All in One' system lack HDMI inputs, you will need to find another type of connection that would send along a digital audio signal from your desktop to the Philips unit. I don't see anything obviously marked as 'digital audio output' in your screenshot from the back of your desktop PC. Bob (who also replied) could probably recommend sound card options if you provided more specifics on the make/exact model # of the PC.

Basically, there's no reason why a PC or other device couldn't pass along audio to this rig, since the specs indicate it's possible via either a digital optical or digital coaxial input. Video output from a PC is a non-starter since there are no video inputs behind the Phillips. ARC may also be a non-starter depending on which HDTV you own, and as Bob has suggested, since ARC is hit or miss.

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That's not a receiver.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 8, 2014 11:04 PM PST
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Oh no :(
by mxzh / November 9, 2014 3:10 AM PST
In reply to: That's not a receiver.

So there's no way to actually get 5.1 with this? Even if I buy a sound card or something like that?

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See my reply above
by Pepe7 / November 9, 2014 7:14 AM PST
In reply to: Oh no :(

Yes, it *is* entirely possible to send along a 5.1 signal to this Phillips rig.

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I left out some boxes that could add this to almost any PC.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 9, 2014 7:20 AM PST
In reply to: That's not a receiver.
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Looks good
by Pepe7 / November 9, 2014 11:35 AM PST

It looks to also have digital optical output, which gets my vote Wink

What is this 'beam forming' they refer to? <putting on my old star trek hat>

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Thanks
by mxzh / November 9, 2014 11:47 PM PST

So I could connect my system to this and then the card to my PC and I'd get the actual 5.1 sound?

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Hypothetically, yes. There's always trial and error though.
by Pepe7 / November 9, 2014 11:56 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks

The brutal part is the trial and error some folks don't anticipate. For this reason, I always buy from retailers/etailers w/ liberal return policies.

hth,
P

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Hm
by mxzh / November 10, 2014 12:04 AM PST

The problem is that I most likely won't find something like this in a shop here Sad

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Where you located?
by Pepe7 / November 10, 2014 2:53 AM PST
In reply to: Hm

Perhaps we can assist?

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In theory
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 10, 2014 12:05 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks

However a friend who I've warned that I won't talk about their downloaded content often complains about the lack of 5.1 in downloaded content. At first they thought it was their PC.
Bob

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Cables
by mxzh / November 10, 2014 12:34 AM PST
In reply to: In theory

Do you know which cables/outputs I would use to make this work? Thanks!

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If I were to do this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 10, 2014 12:39 AM PST
In reply to: Cables

I'd get some USB to optical device then an optical cable to the HTB3550G.

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Thanks a lot
by mxzh / November 10, 2014 4:12 AM PST
In reply to: If I were to do this.

So it would go like this: HTB3550G -(Optical cable)->USB to Optical ->Creative Sound Card-(USB)->PC?
Sorry for all these questions, but I just wanna be 100% sure before I spend more money.

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(NT) Or arrows from PC to HTB?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 10, 2014 9:33 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks a lot
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Nope. Bob is correct. Try it this way...
by Pepe7 / November 10, 2014 11:29 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks a lot

PC (USB out) -> (USB in) Creative (digital optical out) --> (digital optical in) HTB3550G

Don't forget to look at configuring any/all audio settings in PC, as well as the Phillips rig once it's all connected.

Enjoy!

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Thanks
by mxzh / November 11, 2014 1:23 AM PST

Thanks a lot! Really appreciate everybodies help.

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I do have one question though
by mxzh / November 11, 2014 2:03 AM PST

The optical port on my system is labeled "In", doesn't that mean it won't deliver anything "out" but only take it in from somewhere else?

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Wait. So you want to send audio from the system?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 11, 2014 2:21 AM PST

I read you wanted to send audio from the PC to the audio system. If you want to do something else, clear this up.
Bob

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Oh
by mxzh / November 11, 2014 3:35 AM PST

Yeah I think I was confused for a second lol, when I play games or watch movies I want my system to play the sound.

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Answer
Let's start..give USB a try.
by Oldartq / November 9, 2014 2:59 AM PST

You may or may not get surround though. You should have a usb cable laying around the house. Have fun.

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USB on PC are *inputs*
by Pepe7 / November 9, 2014 7:16 AM PST

Unfortunately, that's the rub Sad

The OP needs either a sound card or new PC.

cheers

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usb can go both direction,
by Oldartq / November 9, 2014 10:16 AM PST
In reply to: USB on PC are *inputs*

I am not sure it this will work without other configuration...but I thought it doesn't cost anything to try.

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You are correct
by Pepe7 / November 9, 2014 11:36 AM PST

Probably worth a try.

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