Using WD TV Live with computer speakers


#1

First of all, the product worked wonderfully for me right out of the box. Connected to my WS HD TV via HDMI…a toslink to my (non HDMI) receiver and I was watching a movie in 5 mins or so.

Then I brought it all over to my computer. Connected via HDMI to the monitor and the toslink to my computer. It plays the sound out of my monitor’s speakers fine. But I was wondering how I would get the sound to play out of my main computer speakers. They are about 5 years old (Logitech X530). Its a brand new computer othewise with an Asus P7p55 board.

I am not a gear head so just getting to this point feels pretty good…lol…just wondering is there is something simple I am missing.

Thanks for a great product


#2

Had a look at the spec’s of your motherboard, the ‘Optical S/PDIF’ is an out port.

The only audio input is for a microphone.

The only option is to buy another pci sound card (with optical input) and disable the onboard sound.


#3

Or, use one of the external sound blaster from ‘CREATIVE’ which has SPDIF in/out and connects via USB to your computer. This could be a cheaper solution (40-50$) and can be used with any of your future laptop & PC.


#4

Thanks to both of you for your informative and speedy replies.

I will look into both options in the future and the Creative one sounds intriguing.

For the moment, its a minor inconvenience as the whole point of getting the WDTV live unit was to use it with my 1080P capable television. It’s hard to keep ahead of technology; I would never have thought about the toslink being an “out-y” rather than an “in-y” Sorta like belly buttons? OK, this 50 something would be geek will stop with the lame jokes.

I am in awe of what a smallish device like this unit is capable of. A whole world of capability opens up with it. And the fact that it can be upgraded via firmware over the net is a huge bonus. Would that my 10 year old receiver could have that capability along with other links in my home entertainment chain.

Thanks so much for your help.