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bomdigidy

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Hello All,

The idiot I am, I assumed the Wii U would have optical out support. Great disappointment here. Anyway I want to connect to my Yamaha-YAS101 soundbar, is there any way I can do this? Please bare in mind I am a massive technophobe...

Any advice much appreciated,

Michael

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Kodeen

3. Posted:

I think your best bet would be to send the Wii U's HDMI cable to either your TV or a receiver that has optical audio out.

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bomdigidy

4. Posted:

Thanks for your reply.

I should have said, I'm running it to a projector, so using the hdmi for audio is not an option unfortunately.

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bomdigidy

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Perhaps something like this is my only option:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cablesson-HDelity-HDMI-Audio-Extracto...

I wonder how sound quality I will lose?

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the projector has no audio output port?(even if just a headphone port)

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bomdigidy

7. Posted:

GuSilverFlame wrote:

the projector has no audio output port?(even if just a headphone port)

No. It's an Optoma hd230x.

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GuSolarFlare

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then, yeah I guess that HDMI audio extractor might be the only way then... I think you should google around a little to see if the audio quality is lost when using(and how much it might be lost too, sometimes it's said there's a quality loss but it ends being unnoticeable)

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SCAR392

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What is your sound bar hooked up to? That may make it easier to hook things up. If not, use this suggestion or the HDMI audio extractor.

What you could also do, is plug in the Wii U through a component cable using a female to female RCA coupling plug so you can plug it into an RCA to headphone cable.

http://www.amazon.com/Component-AV-Cable-Nintendo-Wii-HDTV/dp...

http://www.yourcablestore.com/6-Foot-35mm-Stereo-Headphone-To...

http://www.amazon.com/Hosa-GRA101-RCA-Female-Coupler/dp/B0000...

EDIT: I think you're in UK, so:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Unknowm-6900214001630-WII-COMPONENT-C...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Euronetwork-phono-twin-coupler-Gold/d...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Metre-3-5mm-Audio-Stereo-Speaker/dp/B...

All these things will only support stereo. Obviously, the products I linked you to are less than 1/5th as expensive all together than the HDMI audio extractor to get the same outcome for your Wii U.

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bomdigidy

10. Posted:

Thanks for your message.

Here's the back of my soundbar:

http://www.digitaltrends.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/yamah...

So that would work and give me the same quality as the hdmi extractor?

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bomdigidy

11. Posted:

oh and soundbar is currently hooked up to TV set top box and blu ray, both opticals. so using the other ports for the wii, if possible, would be great actually.

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bomdigidy

12. Posted:

I can still run the video through an hdmi right, with the audio coming from the setup you give above? Thanks.

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skywake

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These soundbars are designed to work by passing optical out from the TV to the soundbar. Then hook up everything to the TV via HDMI. Some soundbars, and relatively high end ones at that, can just have a single optical in. Very few have HDMI splitters built in.

So yeah, you're going to have to work out how to get some audio-out from your projector to your soundbar. Or put up with analogue out from the Wii U with some convoluted setup as SCAR392 suggested assuming that works.

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FritzFrapp

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There won't be a way to get audio from his projector. it only deals with video.

Bomdigidy, SCAR392's advice does seem the best bet, and the Wii U will do 1080P over component no problem. I don't have that particular cable for my Wii – I use the excellent one made by Snakebyte (£11 at Amazon) – but the reviews look good and it is very affordable. In Wii U mode only one av port is active at a time, so you'll have to use the component video for your projector. It's in Wii mode that you can use two cables – video over HDMI and audio over component/composite. If that's a problem then you'll have to use that HDMI audio extractor.

However, as you've got a projector may I ask is there a reason you haven't got an av receiver? Soundbars are ok and space-saving, but are often pretty limited (yours, though with decent sound quality, is quite barren on the connectivity side). And you don't have to go for the full surround deal – 2.0, 2.1, 3.0 or 3.1 setups are all easily achievable, sound good and don't have to take up much space, disturb the neighbours, or cost much at all.

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bomdigidy

15. Posted:

Thanks for all your help.

The component cable on that link says it only does 720p.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wii-PS3-VGA-HDTV-Cable/dp/B0015MISAG/...

This one says it can carry 1080p, but the reviews are mixed and say this isn't the case. If I were to run video and audio through the same cable, I don't know how that is going to work anyway as my soundbar is in front of the room and the projector at the back, as is standard.

Which takes me back to the audio extractor - perhaps this is the only option?

As for an AV receiver, size was the main factor. It's a relatively small room and I had the perfect space for a soundbar. Also I know nothing about AV receivers and the setup seemed much more complicated!

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SCAR392

16. Posted:

The back of the sound bar is the rest of the info we needed to see. My suggestion is still probably the best, money wise, unless you want to hook up via optical, which won't make any difference.

1080p component cables:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nintendo-Official-Component-Video-Cab...

Those are the official component cables that Nintendo has verified will get the most out of your Wii U. You can send the audio through the component, and video through the HDMI. The only reason why you would want 1080p from the component cables is if your using them for the video.

If you plan on only using the component cables for audio, the cheapest option I originally posted will still suit you the best, money wise.

EDIT: So hook up the HDMI to your projector, then send the component cable with the headphone jack attachment to your sound bar. Go to system settings and send the video through HDMI, and audio through the component cable.

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bomdigidy

17. Posted:

Thanks Scar392.

Frapp mentioned that only one port at a time is active during Wii U mode. Is this right?

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SCAR392

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I don't know what they're talking about.

All you have to do is send the HDMI cable to your projector, then send the component cable with the headphone jack attachments to your soundbar.

Once you have those hooked up, go to the system settings and send video through the HDMI while the components are sending audio to the sound bar, separately.

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SCAR392

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Take note, that if you only need component cables for audio, the extra price you pay for the resolution through component is basically pointless.

The component cables I linked you to(that do 720p), will do just fine with your setup if you plan on only using them for sound. If you think you might need component cables for video sometimes, you may want to invest in the better cables.

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bomdigidy

20. Posted:

Ok, great. Thanks for all your help and advice, much appreciated! I'll let you know how it works out. Fingers crossed! :-)

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