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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 2015-03-22, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question How to get optical output from laptop?

I want optical output from my laptop so i can get AC3 audio to my home theatre.

Thanx.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 2015-03-22, 04:27 PM
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Please give us the laptop's manufacturer, model number, and model name as well as the same info about your home theatre receiver so that we can look up their specifications and ports layout or whether HDMI is an option to TOSLINK optical SPDIF output.



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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 2015-03-22, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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Toshiba satellite L675-019 it has one HDMI output.
Home theater receiver is an old Sony STR-DE975 with many optical inputs.
It's in use with a Seagate Goflex TV at this moment.
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Here's Toshiba's technical info on that laptop (I haven't read through it yet):

http://web1.toshiba.ca/support/techs...3AC-01900X.htm

Sony's manual on the STR-DE975:

http://esupport.sony.com/US/p/model-...1&tab=manuals#

So, it doesn't look like you have a purely digital patching solution between them.



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I guess what i'mk asking is if there's some kind of adaptor that extracts the audio feed from HDMI and outputs it opticaly.
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USB solution

A USB sound card with TOSLINK output might be a solution like a Creative Labs Omni:

http://us.creative.com/p/sound-blast...i-surround-5-1

Does that look like it would work for your situation? You would install it and then shut off the laptop's internal audio in the BIOS settings.



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Well i use my laptop for other uses too, so shutting audio off might not be the best option.
For the sake of audio video sychro, if it was all HDMI, maybe it would be better?

Maybe an HDMI "splitter" could also have optic out?
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The Creative solution you posted looks good... If nothing else, i might give it a try. Thanx.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 2015-03-22, 08:24 PM
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This looks like it should work - outputs HDMI audio/video and Optical Audio(Toslink) simultaneously.

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_i...seq=1&format=2
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