Monitor Connection Advice

#1 Posted by Bollard (5550 posts) -

So, assuming I don't cancel the preorder last minute, in just under a month's time a white PS4 will be showing up with my name on it. However, I have a few questions/issues with regards to how I'm gunna hook it up to my existing setup.

At the moment I have no TV, only two identical BenQ monitors which have no HDMI ports. I bought the cheaper model that has one VGA port and one DVI port. Currently my PC is using the DVI ports, so my question is this: What's the best way to hook up my PS4 so that I have minimal hassle switching between using my PC and the console?

The way I see it I have two options:

1. Use a HDMI -> DVI converter, and buy a switch to allow me to pick input from my PC or the PS4.

I was thinking something like this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/AmazonBasics-HDMI-Adapter-Cable-Feet/dp/B001TH7T2U/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1407844156&sr=8-3&keywords=hdmi+to+dvi+audio combined with http://www.amazon.co.uk/HQ-2-Port-DVI-I-Switch/dp/B000GTLFS6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407844518&sr=8-1&keywords=dvi+switch (which is really large and garish)

This seems like the cheaper option, maybe? My only concern is will I be able to split audio out if I want to hook up speakers - my initial plan is just to get game audio through the jack on the controller, but if I want to watch BluRays using the PS4 I will want to use my speakers, which have a 3mm jack, and this method doesn't appear to let me get audio out. Or at least I haven't found a converter that does it yet.

2. Buy a (more expensive) HDMI -> VGA converter.

I was thinking something like this: http://www.videk.co.uk/section.php/1050/ or http://www.amazon.co.uk/HDMI-VGA-Audio-Converter-Compliant/dp/B00AJ2QZCG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1407844156&sr=8-2&keywords=hdmi+to+dvi+audio

The benefits of this approach is I don't have to faff with a switch for my PC input, and getting audio out is a given with most converters. Not sure how reliable/good quality these kind of devices are though.

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Any advice on which is better would be really appreciated. My main concern is maintaining full picture quality for both my PC and the console. If anyone is already using such a setup successfully, please let me know what you're using!

Thanks in advance!

#2 Edited by MB (12397 posts) -

I have a feeling you may be better off with the first option so you can avoid converting digital to analog. The latter may not only cause the signal to lose quality, but will probably also add some significant latency due to the conversion.

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#3 Edited by Bollard (5550 posts) -

@mb: That is one of the things I want to avoid. Bummer as I can't see any HDMI to DVI converters that let me get audio too :/

Any thoughts about HDCP? Will either of these block my chance of watching BluRays? I mean, you can turn off HDCP for games now right?

#4 Posted by MB (12397 posts) -

@bollard: Can't help you there dude, sorry. I am avoiding this console generation like the plague.

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#5 Edited by Fattony12000 (7410 posts) -

@bollard:

DVI carries the same quality of signal as HDMI, just without the audio layer.

Go HDMI to DVI or DVI to HDMI.

Never go to VGA, Jesus.

Any old cheap, no name HDMI/DVI adaptor will be fine for use with any modern monitor or screen. If you were plugging this stuff into an Elgato, for example, then you'd maybe run into issues due to HDCP. Although, aren't the XONE and PS4 HDCP-free now?

#6 Edited by Bollard (5550 posts) -

DVI carries the same quality of signal as HDMI, just without the audio layer.

Go HDMI to DVI or DVI to HDMI.

Never go to VGA, jesus.

An adaptor will be fine for use with any monitor or screen, if you were plugging this stuff into an Elgato, you'd run into issues. Although, aren't the XONE and PS4 HDCP-free now?

With DVI I think my only audio option will be this:

http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Optical-Analog-audio-converter/dp/B004C4WPXA/

It's annoying that it is powered however. But using that, the optical out, and an RCA to 3mm cable I could get audio to my speakers. As I can get it easily enough with headphones into the controller, and I only would want to use speakers for BluRays (heck, I could even use my 3mm to 3mm cable from the controller into my speakers in that scenario!) I don't think I'll panic yet. HDMI to DVI seems to be the right choice.

Now to find a 2 port DVI switch that isn't huge and looks like ass.

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