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Improving "fake" 5.1 sound from a real source but connected through stereo RCA

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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   retaeht

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Posted July 07 2014 - 09:57 AM

I have a 5.1 source on a laptop which I connected to my tv through hdmi (it downgrades it to stereo—does it throw away the extra channels or put them into the front channels?) which I connected through stereo RCA cables to my home theater sytem which then gives me "fake" 5.1. Is there anything I can do to improve this? When watching movies I either get almost nothing in the rear speakers or too much and all I get out of surround tests is an echo.



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Posted July 07 2014 - 10:30 AM

Does this sound system Not have optical?(or coax)

If no, no.

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Posted July 07 2014 - 10:41 AM

It does but last time I tried doing something with that, I didn't because I realized it was too much of a pain in the ass.



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Posted July 07 2014 - 03:38 PM

Welcome to why no one likes HTiB.

Get a real AVR and speakers.

A $150 refurb from A4L and a $200 5.1 set on Amazon will...

Be easier to use
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Most important, sound better

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Posted July 08 2014 - 01:10 PM

I don't have an HTiB, my home theater thing is just really old (90's)



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Posted July 08 2014 - 03:22 PM

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Posted August 22 2014 - 03:26 AM

I have a 5.1 source on a laptop which I connected to my tv through hdmi (it downgrades it to stereo—does it throw away the extra channels or put them into the front channels?) which I connected through stereo RCA cables to my home theater sytem which then gives me "fake" 5.1. Is there anything I can do to improve this? When watching movies I either get almost nothing in the rear speakers or too much and all I get out of surround tests is an echo.

Short answer: you're getting stereo. Confirm by reading the TV manual.
Solution: get an HDMI capable receiver. Or maybe simultaneously output video to the TV from hdmi and surround sound from the PC via optical out.

Posting specifics of your hardware may help. Without it, people are making blind guesses in the dark as to what you limitations are.





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