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post #1 of 21
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Would my Yamaha RX-V367BL benefit from being hooked up to a Asus Xonar STX via RCA cables? Still reletively new to all this and haven't found an answer.
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post #2 of 21
Benefit as opposed to what alternative?

Probably a bit of an improvement of the DAC in the reciever (hooked up via optical to PC), but I wouldn't run out to get an STX to use with it. Try the optical connection and see how you like it.
post #3 of 21
What do you mean by benefit?

You can do it, if you like. If the Xonar has optical out, you may prefer to do it that way if you are doing 5.1 or greater.
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post #4 of 21
using RCA analogs I doubt you'll get much difference. I see your video card has HDMI on it.

http://www.overclock.net/home-audio/...-ati-hdmi.html

Follow my tutorial there.

HDMI has amazing bandwidth and send the audio signal uncompressed. Thus you'll still get better sound with it over optical.

It's how I have my Yamaha 467 hooked up and the sound difference going from a sound card to receiver is beyond amazing.
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post #5 of 21
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Im trying to figure out if there will be any improvement in sound with the hookup. And i was under tge impression that optical hookup sounded the same regardless if it was onboard audio or sound card? Plus i have an stx already
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post #6 of 21
I'd just do optical out. You don't even really need a soundcard then. I sold my Xonar D2 when I used a DAC (which is built into your receiver).

EDIT: Also, lol, did someone say HDMI is better quality than optical? Digital is digital, doesn't matter how it gets there! The only thing it offers I believe is multi-channel, not better quality
post #7 of 21
You'd only get stereo, for 5.1 you'd need the optical connection on the STX.
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post #8 of 21
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I'd just do optical out. You don't even really need a soundcard then. I sold my Xonar D2 when I used a DAC (which is built into your receiver).

EDIT: Also, lol, did someone say HDMI is better quality than optical? Digital is digital, doesn't matter how it gets there! The only thing it offers I believe is multi-channel, not better quality
I think I may have worded that wrong, there was a difference between the two, trying to find it.
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post #9 of 21
Yeah, it offers multi-channel. For stereo, optical is just as good quality wise.
post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by 98uk View Post
Yeah, it offers multi-channel. For stereo, optical is just as good quality wise.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/21520...s_optical.html

Here is what I meant
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