I have a Wii U that I would like to play on my monitor. I have a number of other devices connected to the monitor, so I use a five-way HDMI switch to control the visual input. When I connect my PC or Wii (using Wii 2 HDMI), I have no issues. For my PC, I connect my video using the HDMI switch and the audio to another audio switch that goes to my speakers. With the Wii, the Wii 2 HDMI separates HDMI video from audio, which then go to their respective devices and work normally.

However, I have had some issues with the Wii U. I first tried going from the HDMI port to the switch, but then only the video would show up and there would be no audio. I then tried to use an HDMI switch and a Wii Component cable, as recommended here. I located the settings on the Wii U to put video over the HDMI cable and audio through the Wii Component Cable, but the audio still did not work. Finally, I tried my same setup with the Wii by purchasing another Wii 2 HDMI adapter (because it separates audio and visual signals). I used the HDMI from the Wii 2 HDMI to go to my HDMI switch and the audio to my speakers, just like I did with my Wii. However, the Wii U will not output a visual signal (the monitor does not recogize any inputs) when the resolution is set to anything other than 480p or 480i, and the audio still doesn't work!

Is there any way I can connect my Wii U to a separate set of speakers? Can I use something that strips the audio away from HDMI and puts it into a 3.5mm jack, perhaps something like this?

  • HDMI has audio channels in it. Get a switch that supports them properly. Split the audio on the output side, if you must, not the input side.
    – T.J.L.
    Sep 18, 2016 at 4:41

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Switch that separate audio and video from HDMI exists. Like that you can first put your 5 way switch, then the one splitting audio and video, and you will no longer need a switch for sound as the sound coming out will be from the HDMI chosen with your first switch.

  • Can you provide an example of what you are suggesting?
    – wcarhart
    Dec 28, 2016 at 18:00
  • I'm using this one amazon.fr/gp/product/B00T2S7P90/…
    – Ise
    Dec 29, 2016 at 7:24
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    Just to let you know the one I linked you was the cheapest I found in France, but I would advise you to test another one if there are more where you live, as the on I linked has a bad point : when your screen is switched off, the switch device is still on and send a blue background to your screen. So you'll have to turn off the screen each time to not have a blue light freezed on your screen. (sorry for bad english as it's a little hard to explain and I'm french)
    – Ise
    Dec 29, 2016 at 8:31

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