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Play PS3 Audio Through Soundcard + Speakers

by sparky05084 / November 23, 2010 3:52 AM PST

Hey all.

This is the first time joining and posting so go easy on me as Im very green and new to this site. Apologies if Im in the wrong section but Ive literally trawled across the web onto many, many forums and haven't quite found a solution yet Sad

Ok. I have a Sounblaster XFI Xtreme Audio soundcard and Creative Inspire T7900 speakers. I know that in order to be able to hook up a PS3 to your monitor you need a HDMI - DVI adaptor that simply plugs into your monitor.

My monitor incidentally is a 20" NEC Multisync LCD 2070WNX (without built in speakers)so I cant simply run PS3 audio through the monitor itself and I dont want to settle for headphones. This I think would be the easiest option but would not give me the sound experience I am looking for and besides, who wants to play games with earphones constantly stuck to their head?

My problem is that I have an idea that in order for me to get sound out of my speakers I need to purchase a component to headphone connector (3.5mm input I think) and simply connect the red and white leads up and leave the yellow out as I have already sorted the video end out and plug it into my "Line in" on my soundcard.

The thing is this won't work unless I have both my PS3 and PC both turned on. Surely this isn't very energy efficient and there has got to be another way round it. Am I correct in saying the only other option would be to have to purchase a home cinema kit (giving me even more speakers which is what I dont want) or settling for the mediocre 2.1 sound through headphones?

Also, is anybody familiar with the T7900 speakers? I ask this because the central wiring point if you look or the main console is actually at the back of the subwoofer itself and it is here that a mass of wires leave to all my speakers via 2 core copper braided (standard stuff I know) and the 3x 3.5mm jacks that go the the back of my PC base unit into the sound card.

I don't even know if I have the option to set it up as optical as my card supports 7.1 surround but Ive heard people with problems saying that they can't get their souncards to produce 5.1 nevermind 7.1 and these are higher performance cards.

What are my options people. Thanks sorry for the long read. Finally here is my card hope that helps:

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/creative-soundblaster-x-fi-xtreme-audio-int-7-1-sound-card-00773202-pdt.html

Ta. Sparky05084

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