Digital Cable Set Top Box - Digital Audio out

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by bz, Nov 17, 2003.

  1. bz

    bz Guest

    OK - does no one else out there use this option? I find
    that hard to believe. I have a digital cable tv set top
    box hooked to the media center pc via svideo and
    everything is up and running. DVD's sound great in
    Digital 5.1. My problem, I don't get Dolby Digital Audio
    through the Tuner under MCE. My digital cable box has
    SPDIF out and my PC has SPDIF in - but MCE only uses the
    input on the hauppauge card - and that has to be analog
    right and left. How can you tell MCE ot use the SPDIF
    input for the tv tuner - vs the Hauppauge 250 input? My
    last resort would be to hook up the digital cable set top
    box hooked to the projector and the digital audio straight
    to my receiver and bypass MCE! I don't want to do this!!
    bz, Nov 17, 2003
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  2. bz

    Bob Guest

    MCE uses an analog tuner/capture card, which encodes the video to MPEG-2 and
    the audio to MPEG-1, Layer 2. It does not support any types of digital
    inputs (audio or video).

    MCE is a really cool product - feature wise. But without support for HDTV
    and Digital 5.1 sound, it's obvious that Microsoft didn't design it to be a
    component in a home theater environment where audio/video quality is

    Bob, Nov 17, 2003
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