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Originally Posted by dhrandy;13541580 
Yes, a receiver or AV receiver is just used to amplify sound. If it's a modern receiver you can also pass video through it (the receiver will just be used as a video switch.)

I couldn't find the model of receiver or speakers you have. I know most Pioneer receivers are pretty decent. If they are small speakers you may want to add an external powered sub-woofer for some extra base.

I have a Pioneer 5.1 receiver connected to my HTPC (Home Theater PC) through an optical output to surround sound and it sounds great.

Actually if you are using digital input on receiver its also processing digital audio and converting it to analog. No interferences on analog cables and much better D/A converter. This is why its called receiver and not just amplifier.

Usually sound card have 3 circuits:
(decent) Digital signal processor -> (cheap) D/A convertor -> (none or cheap) analog signal amplifier

With sending digital signal directly to receiver you are replacing both cheap components by much better quality ones used in Receiver and poor D/A converter and amplifier is whats making most cheap sound cards sounds so awful.
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Powered speakers at the same price range are generally better than their passive speaker counterparts.
Maybe in cheap range and if you count cost of receiver to passive speaker price as well.
Powered speakers are just Passive speakers with added amplifier and on low end side, shielding and integrated amplifier quality is in question there.
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