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Best option to get stereo audio out of HDMI?

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I'm already using a dedicated headphone amplifier, and I'd like to use a dedicated stereo speaker amplifier as well, instead of a receiver (no real interest in surround). My TV does have optical audio out when using HDMI, which I can use with a normal DAC, but I'll be missing out on some of the high-resolution audio formats on Blu-Ray disks. My 360 doesn't have easy access to either analog out or coax/optical when using HDMI.

 

What's my best option?

1. Use a reciever

2. Use a standard DAC with optical out from the TV

3. A stereo DAC that takes HDMI?

4. Forgo a stand-alone DAC entirely and get a Blu-Ray player with high-end audio? (I'm looking at the BDP-95), and just use analog outs for the HTPC and game systems? Most of my music listening is on CD, anyway.

 

 

Here's my current setup:

HDMI sources: HTPC, PS3, 360

Analog sources: Sony XA5400ES CD player

Receiver: Marantz NR1501

Headphone amplifier: Meier Audio Corda Concerto (usually connected directly to the CD player)

Headphones: Audeze LCD-2

Speakers: JBL Stage Venue

 

Aside from the receiver and speakers, which are temporary, that's a fairly high-end setup.


Edited by gsilver - 7/30/11 at 5:24pm
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http://www.lektropacks.co.uk/view_product_standard.php?product=1001185&department=126&sub1=245&show=245&department=99 

 

 

This will allow you to break out the pcm.  It does do mulitchannel but you would probably just want the left/right channel only to feed to your dac.

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