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    HDMI into RCA cable

    My new hp notebook would like to be part of my stereo. I lost the manual, there are three ports on the hp, no markings saying or looking like an audio out. Is it ok to just random try them, I don't want to blow my nice preamp? I need more than the standard 1.5m/5ft cable, no one seems to make 6' or 7' versions .

    I've also seen these converter boxes so I could use any male to male cable to get the length I need but, they look like they are for video upsampling mostly. And kinda pricy at $19.99
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    You have the white, red and yellow RCA jacks on that laptop for composite video, don't you?

    White is left, red is right and yellow is video.

    You would know if you plugged the video into an audio input, it would make a large hum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by orange View Post
    You have the white, red and yellow RCA jacks on that laptop for composite video, don't you?

    White is left, red is right and yellow is video.

    You would know if you plugged the video into an audio input, it would make a large hum.
    I plugged the yellow into the input of a Teac RtoR deck once, bypassed the capstan so the forward spindle motor would pull the tape through at a ridiculously high speed.
    Played back into a component television and almost-sorta-kinda got a picture. It tried, but didn't make it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orange View Post
    You have the white, red and yellow RCA jacks on that laptop for composite video, don't you?

    White is left, red is right and yellow is video.

    You would know if you plugged the video into an audio input, it would make a large hum.
    Nope, no jacks jusst HDMI slots, 3 of them, John uses one to charge his phone, he says he can use any of the three to do that. That's why I'm confused as to what they do. I don't do home theater, I just want to watch videos and listen to the sound thru the slabs. How hard is it to provide simple audio and video outs on a laptop like on a BluRay player or TV??

    Thanks for that funny Mark what I'm trying to avoid...
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    Quote Originally Posted by stuwee View Post
    My new hp notebook would like to be part of my stereo. I lost the manual, there are three ports on the hp,

    What model laptop? You should be able to find a manual online and sort out the ports.

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    Stu ,
    Do you need stereo audio only ?
    Two solutions :
    - cable beetween headphones out (PC ) and aux imput ( preamp )
    -Bluetooth conection with an audio adapter connected to aux imput ( preamp )
    Used normally with my PC and Carver C4000 and my father's PC and PL 4000 .
    This is the device :
    https://www.logitech.com/en-us/produ...-audio-adapter
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    Hey guys, thanks! I contacted the company, and I missed something, there is only one HDMI jack, the other two are convertable outs, like you can change them and they are a different size. The HDMI jack is the one I should use, although Marco brings up an interesting solution with the bluetooth dohickey, I don't know much about that stuff either. Is it wireless? That would solve my length issue.
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    Bluetooth is a wireless standard developed by Ericsson .
    Every modern PC has a Bluetooth transceiver inside .
    so it's necessary only a receiver .
    Logitech is probably the best .
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    Hey Stu,
    Good to hear you are on the mend brother. Hang in there man.

    Here is my take on what you have as far as outputs on the Laptop. Yes one of those is a HDMI.
    That is a digital output so it would work into a HDMI input which your preamp probably does not have so forget about that one for now.
    The other two are USB outputs. If you look close, you will see the difference in those and the hdmi plug in.

    So if you want great sound forget about Bluetooth. Hard wiring is the best way to go. Not wireless.
    What you need is a Digital to Analog converter to use in one of the USB outs.
    This one is the way to go. You will be amazed with the sound quality.

    Dragon Fly Red or Black if you want to spend a little less.
    https://www.audioquest.com/dacs/dragonfly/dragonfly-red

    Hope this helps,
    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by marcok View Post
    Bluetooth is a wireless standard developed by Ericsson .
    Every modern PC has a Bluetooth transceiver inside .
    so it's necessary only a receiver .
    Logitech is probably the best .
    Ciao
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    I have never seen it because I have a rag-tag fleet of PCs escaping the Cylon Empire...

    Maybe on laptops but WI-FI with a card is used here. Has an antenna on back (802.11?) and also accesses your wireless router (but don't look at me, I still use USB and Cat 5).

    I know people who had others 'borrowing' their wireless and they shut that down, kicked them off. They are a BUSINESS after all.
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