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Surround Headphones - What do I need?

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Hi All,

As you can see I am new here and this seemed the place to ask this question. I am slowly building a collection of media devices and wish to now go beyond the speakers that came equipped on my television. I have a Samsung UN46ES8000, a WiiU (fan-boy, don't game much) and a laptop, between the two this is how I consume most of my media (blurays, Netflix, Amazon instant). I am using audio over HDMI on both the laptop and WiiU to get sound to my television but would like to get something that both sounds "better", can take advantage of any/all surround sound signals and is preferably in a headphone format (Small apartment, paper thin walls).

I have done some research on some Dolby Headphone type setups (i.e. Astro A40)  and found that they require an optical out from the source (typically straight from a game console or pc). I have also heard from other forum topics that the pass through on my TV may not support 5.1 out over optical after coming in through HDMI (down converted to 2.0). I don't have optical out on either device so direct connection is out.

I'm so confused with all of this audio in one side converted out the other stuff. I'd like to know what I can chain together to take advantage of my current hardware. Any suggestions?

post #2 of 4

One option is to get a used A/V receiver, off eBay or Craiglist, one that has at least two HDMI inputs and one HDMI output.

Yamaha A/V receivers come with Silent Cinema, Yamaha own Headphone Surround Sound.

So run HDMI from the laptop and WiiU to the receiver, then HDMI from receiver to TV.

Plug headphones into A/V receivers headphone output.

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What about HDMI switches? This solution could be cheaper than trying to find an old AVR and then adding in a decent pair of headphones. The only issue I think I have to compete with is if the switch is going to lose any of the quality or down convert (7.1/5.1 > 2.0) the signal before it gets to the box attached to the headphones.

http://www.monoprice.com/Product/?c_id=101&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011002&p_id=5557&seq=1&format=2#description

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What about HDMI switches? This solution could be cheaper than trying to find an old AVR and then adding in a decent pair of headphones. The only issue I think I have to compete with is if the switch is going to lose any of the quality or down convert (7.1/5.1 > 2.0) the signal before it gets to the box attached to the headphones.

http://www.monoprice.com/Product/?c_id=101&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011002&p_id=5557&seq=1&format=2#description


I do not believe that device converts down to 2.0.

I'm guessing if you sent a 6-channel (5.1) or 8-channel (7.1) digital audio signal thru HDMI to that switch box, only 2 of the audio channels would go thru the outputs on that box (guessing).

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