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Setup to apply EQ from TV(streaming apps) to headphones (possibly active/passive 2.0/2.1 speakers in the future as well)

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Hello currently I have a Topping L30II and E30II lite connected to the PC, I use Equalizer APO and the HD650 are phenomenal like this. I have tried gaming using spatial sound from windows and it works flawlessly with Equalizer APO as well. I thought I would be able to watch streaming services and take advantage of my PC to handle all type of media, but alas it seems most streaming platforms make it impossible to use it fully in PC, be it video or audio.

Apparently, people seem to be giving up on the PC as a media station and opting for Android TV, Shield, Firesticks and other streaming sources that will do the job well.
Here is the problem, my LG TV does support the streaming apps, and my DAC would support the TV optical output, however by doing this I would lose the possibility to use my headphones with EQ APO. While not as important in the future, I would also like to watch with a 2.0/2.1 speaker setup (be it active or passive setup) with a similar flexibility if possible.

I am a bit lost on the setup going forward and not sure what I already have could be useful, ideally they would allow PCs to be PCs, there is no reason we can't do 4k HDR and all sorts of spatial audio processing with a modern PC.

My PC does have 2 soundcards, the Realtek one and the topping E30II lite, could I even capture the TV audio with the Realtek and reroute it to APO and then E30II lite?
Do I need to buy a new DAC/DSP just to have a PEQ?

I would like to keep the setup decent enough but still in the cheap side if possible, if anyone could direct me a bit towards the possibilities I would appreciate it.
 

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My PC does have 2 soundcards, the Realtek one and the topping E30II lite, could I even capture the TV audio with the Realtek and reroute it to APO and then E30II lite?
Technically, yes. Simply do:
TV->Toslink->Hifime UR23->USB->PC->USB->E30II Lite->L30II->Heaphones

Then in the Sound Control Panel, go to the UR23 and enable "Listen to this device".

However, you have to ensure that the UR23 is set to 48kHz sample rate, and it's possible that you'll encounter latency issues.

For a TV Stereo/2.1/Headphone setup that does not rely on your PC for equalization, consider the WiiM Pro/Pro Plus/Amp/Ultra
 
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Technically, yes. Simply do:
TV->Toslink->Hifime UR23->USB->PC->USB->E30II Lite->L30II->Heaphones

Then in the Sound Control Panel, go to the UR23 and enable "Listen to this device".

However, you have to ensure that the UR23 is set to 48kHz sample rate, and it's possible that you'll encounter latency issues.

For a TV Stereo/2.1/Headphone setup that does not rely on your PC for equalization, consider the WiiM Pro/Pro Plus/Amp/Ultra

Thank you, the first setup seems cheaper, but you believe I could have some latency issues on movies, I guess you mean the lipsync would be noticable?

As for the 2nd setup, it seems awesome, but they seem to only support 4 bands for PEQ? I also take it, using WiiM I would not have a need for the E30II lite?
 

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As for the 2nd setup, it seems awesome, but they seem to only support 4 bands for PEQ?
WiiM is currently adding 10-band PEQ to the Pro/Pro Plus/Amp via a firmware update.

The yet-to-be-released Ultra will likely have 10-band PEQ right away.

I also take it, using WiiM I would not have a need for the E30II lite?
Correct.
 
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WiiM is currently adding 10-band PEQ to the Pro/Pro Plus/Amp via a firmware update.

The yet-to-be-released Ultra will likely have 10-band PEQ right away.


Correct.
Thanks again. Those are good news then:)

Considering the difference in budget I am willing to try the first setup to see if latency is an issue. I can't find much info on similar setups.
 
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By chance do you know if with TV toslink output could you deliver PCM 5.1 to USB and then with Sonic for Windows Headphone or Dolby Headphone enabled in the E30II lite, windows would correctly mix the 5.1 to virtual 5.1 surround for the headphones?
 

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By chance do you know if with TV toslink output could you deliver PCM 5.1 to USB and then with Sonic for Windows Headphone or Dolby Headphone enabled in the E30II lite, windows would correctly mix the 5.1 to virtual 5.1 surround for the headphones?
I doubt it. Though I don't have a Surround Sound Toslink to USB converter to test.
 
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So for a stereo setup I think I could try the Hifime UR23, it is not that expansive anyway, but I am curious, is it possible to even extract surround from TV to PC in such a way that the PC can virtualize it for the Headphones, such as Windows Sonic for Headphones?
 
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