Looking for solutions for getting audio from my Surface to my amplifier. At the moment I'm using the headphone jack, and it works fine... but you know, it just doesn't look great stuck out there, so I'd love something that looked better. At first I was convinced that HDMI into my monitor followed by phono out would be the answer, but alas, my phono on the monitor is only an input! Why anyone would want that usage is beyond me... Anyway, I noticed the only output was optical. I've never used this, but basically my question is... is it going to work from HDMI to HDMI, then Optical to digital/analogue converter to phono phew. Does that make sense?