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Why do most monitors only have the audio in jack in the back ?

#1Kano92Posted 6/8/2014 6:23:35 AM(edited)
For example a very popular selling monitor if you look at the picture and zoom in it's the green jack it says Audio in and most are setup like this.

Asus VH238H

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117&ignorebbr=1


Why did they do this, why not make it a Audio out on the monitor ?

Why am I concerned about this you ask well my PC is fine I have it hooked up to it's own 2.0 speaker setup. But what about my PS3 which I occasionally play it's exclusives well I'll have it hooked up to monitor with a HDMI but I'll be forced to use the two 2watt speakers on the monitor.

What I wanted was a Audio out on the monitor so I can plug the 2.0 speaker right to monitor so whatever I hookup to the monitor the sound will come through the 2.0 speakers I have.

But now the way it is configured the PC sound will come out of the 2.0 and PS3 out of the monitor speakers.

I only found a couple of monitors that have a Audio out on the back, many have headphone jacks but I don't think that will help me out. By the way on the 2.0 speakers I have one speaker that has a extra AUX jack on it, but I don't think it will help out.

Well to be totally honest here I've not heard how the sound will sound like out of the two 2watt speakers from the monitor, but I'm assuming it's not that great. I have currently have a 32'' HDTV with two 5watt speakers and I'm happy with them for the PS3.
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#2WinpusPosted 6/8/2014 6:21:20 AM
My Asus pb278q and my AOC i2757f both have audio out jacks.

I would guess that most monitors only have speakers just because they have HDMI input that carries sound and the majority of people don't use sound through monitors anyway if they're using external speakers.
#3wizardmonPosted 6/8/2014 6:25:38 AM
I've had 6 or so monitors with audio out on the back.
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#4schadowPosted 6/8/2014 6:26:45 AM
Use the HDMI to HDMI/DVI for the monitor, and the composite cables for the analog audio to your speakers.
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#5Kano92(Topic Creator)Posted 6/8/2014 6:27:47 AM
Your right I don't use PC sound through the monitor, but what about my PS3 I don't have a choice I have to use the monitor speakers.
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#6Kano92(Topic Creator)Posted 6/8/2014 6:37:39 AM(edited)
schadow posted...
Use the HDMI to HDMI/DVI for the monitor, and the composite cables for the analog audio to your speakers.


I don't have a problem hooking up the PC to my 2.0 speaker setup. I would like to have another choice to hookup my PS3 then having to use the monitor speakers.
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#7WinpusPosted 6/8/2014 7:04:08 AM
Since it sounds like you're willing to buy a new monitor, would an audio receiver work?

http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-V373-5-1-Channel-AV-Receiver/dp/B007JF8FD8/ref=sr_1_3?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1402239715&sr=1-3

This is what I'm using and have my PC, ps3, and 360 hooked up to it and just switch to which item I want sound for.
#8wildog2006Posted 6/8/2014 7:04:48 AM
The black 3.5mm jack above the green input is audio out, dirrrrrrr.

Source: My ASUS monitor with the exact same jacks.
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#9WinpusPosted 6/8/2014 7:11:19 AM
wildog2006 posted...
The black 3.5mm jack above the green input is audio out, dirrrrrrr.

Source: My ASUS monitor with the exact same jacks.


Looked at the picture in the OP, Wilddog is right. The legend below the inputs says Audio-in and then below it a picture of headphones indicating audio-out
#10codyorrPosted 6/8/2014 7:23:35 AM
Why? Because most people think wires are ugly and distract you from the screen. So the back is where most of them are.