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Buying a onkyo receiver and some Polk monitor speakers for my new sound system. I have hdmi for my ps3 and tv and I'm planning on getting a 6 or 12 ft optical cable for my pc to go from the s/pdif to a optical in on the receiver.

Does that sound right or should I go about it a different way? Thanks
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Optical is low bandwidth. If you can, use HDMI. An optical on anything that is surround and 5.1 or more, gets cruddy quality. If no HDMI on receiver, then PC to Optical will have to do. Maybe you won't notice the difference between Optical and HDMI if you never had an receiver before.

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Thanks for the reply. I have a mini hdmi on my vid card but since I'm using both dvi ports already I was thinking that would be a problem and it might mess up one of my monitors.
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Oh, yeah, good call. Optical it is Hope you haven't used Dolby Surround on a receiver before!

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post #5 of 8
I wouldn't call 5.1 over optical "cruddy." Sure, HDMI is the more convenient method since it's one cable for everything and it supports HD audio formats and what-not, but optical will still sound just fine when attached to a decent receiver and speakers.
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post #6 of 8
Comparing Optical to HDMI on a Dolby HD Surround 7.1 system, there is a dramatic difference. As you move to 5.1 and not HD surround, it gets fairly similar. Optical doesn't have the bandwidth to do Dolby HD surround properly on 7.1 and loses a lot of quality even on 5.1 HD surround. As I have clearly stated though "Maybe you won't notice the difference between Optical and HDMI if you never had an receiver before." More so if OP isn't using surround.

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post #7 of 8
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Well right now it will only be a 2.1 system since I have a powered sub and a pair of Polk monitor40s until I save up and add a center speaker and a pair of monitor70s

I'm there is a work around somewhere so I can use both dvi and the mini hdmi in the back of my 470 if I notice the quality is not up to par. Otherwise I'll just buy a dedicated sound card
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Worse case I just remembered I have a spare gts450 laying around so if I want to I can put that in and use the mini hdmi from that and get some easy ppd for folding or something
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