connecting home theater to PC

March 26, 2006 at 06:35:16
Specs: Windows XP Pro, SP2, AMD Athlon XP 2500+ / 1 G

I have a Panasonic SA-HT900 Home Theater Sound System. On my PC I have SB Audigy LS (which has enabled EAX, and support for stereo to 5.1 speaker system). My question is - how do I connect the Panasonic to my PC to have 5.1 sound? What kind of cables do I have to use (would appreciate any link for website I can buy them)? Thanks in advance.


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#1
March 26, 2006 at 09:00:14

The receiver has audio inputs. Plug the sound card outputs into these.

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#2
March 26, 2006 at 11:53:42

I have a cable that connects audio system with pc. it has 3.5 mm jack on one side and two 35.mm jack on second end. the thing is that it gives me only sound from two speakers and subwoofer. other - left rear and right rear are silent. Do i need another cable to connect this SA-HT900 to PC od can i just change anything is sound card settings to have 5.1 sound from all the speakers?
when I play CD in audio system itself - i got all speakers running. when i play a movie or listen to music on winamp on my PC i got only front speakers and subwoofer sound.

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#3
March 26, 2006 at 17:05:45

You have to have a 5.1 source for it to output 5.1 audio. MP3s and most movies are not 5.1. You might have to play a DVD movie with 5.1 audio to get your 5.1 audio out.

A 5.1 sound card has a decoder that decodes the 5.1 audio and sends the correct (front left, front right, rear left and right, woofer) audio to the correct speaker.


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#4
March 26, 2006 at 17:10:54

I've never tried it, but sending the signal from the line out jack on your stereo (if you have one) to the line in jack on your PC might work.


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#5
March 27, 2006 at 21:23:56

To get the other channels you should have either a SP/DIF input or an additional input jack for the rear channels.

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