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kamikaziechameleon wrote:Sure, that's a good plan.Try connecting my computer to a basic HT receiver like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-HT-S5400-Ch ... 337&sr=1-1
kamikazechameleon wrote:Any of the above. A digital output (optical or SPDIF) is a fine way to get the signal from your PC to your receiver/home theater. A sound card like the SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium could also re-encode the surround channels on the fly. With some on-board audio, you might be limited to 2-channel stereo sound in certain situations. If you're using an analog connection from your PC to your receiver/HTIB, you'll appreciate the cleaner analog output of a sound card over most integrated audio solutions.what is the best/easiest way to connect my machine to that device? HDMI? Optical? Do I need a sound card?
kamikazechameleon wrote:Most games have included surround sound for at least the past 15 years.Are there different requirements for games than for movies? I'm also curious what pc games support surround sound.
prestonfaiks wrote:The only way to get 7.1 sound is via HDMI or the analog outputs from your sound card. If you use optical or coax SPDIF, you will only get 2.0 channel sound unless its dolby encoded. For games, you will need a sound card with DDL (Dolby Digital Live) which will encode 5.1 channel sound onto an SPDIF connection. For DVDs, the encoding is already done, so you will get multichannel sound over the SPDIF connection even if you don't have DDL.
If you have a graphics card with an HDMI output, that would probably be the easiest method and also the best quality.
kamikaziechameleon wrote:If I run an HDMI to my receiver will that have to carry video? I'd rather run video straight to my monitor and not through the receiver so my computer can "see" the monitor ya know, unless that isn't an issue. Will HDCP goof with this in any way?