Originally Posted by primerib
So you have to run audio cables with every device you use an HDMI cable with? That doesn't sound right. If I were you I would set up alsa to send LPCM for multichannel audio. I can't imagine that wouldn't work.
Straying way off topic, but yes, there were several Denon AVRs with HDMI that would "repeat" the HDMI audio downstream (ie. to the TV), but could not decode it at the AVR from HDMI. Again, wasn't much of an issue for me until now, when I finally can get HDMI audio from my GT240, previously I only had DVI ports, so that was always a 2-cable solution. Now I don't have to worry about buying a mobo with digital audio.