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Optical SPDIF: Will this work?

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What I wanted to do:
Connect my PS3 to my X540 in a way that I will have real surround sound (not the X540's matrix mode).

What I have:
PS3
Logitech X540
Monitor (Syncmaster 245BW)
PC (on board sound, mobo has SPDIF IN/OUT internal and only SPDIF out external. Mobo is EP35 DS4 if you need more details)

Budget: $200 (I can go a bit higher if needed)

My Plan:
SPDIF (PS3) --> sound card(SPDIF in) --> sound card (analog out) --> X550

1.) Will my plan work?
2.) Do I need any other software for the sound card to 'echo' the audio to the X540?
3.) I'm using on board right now, what sound card would you suggest. (Looking at ASUS Xonar D2X, but it's not available in my country, import is an option. creative X-Fi fatality championship ed is available here but don't know about quality, heard lots of bad things on creative this decade.)
4.) If this won't work, is there a way for my PS3 to output true 5.1 to my X540? I'm not really interested in buying a receiver(too expensive, and I'm not into audio enough to justify the purchase) nor an amp (what's this anyway -_-). But if this is the only way, I might think about it.
5.) Will the audio de-sync when done this way? I watched a few 1080p concerts where my CPU can't keep up at stock (CPU can only go 23.7fps, video is at 24) and I can notice the slight de-sync in audio and video and it bothers me, so want to make sure it won't happen.

Details:
According to the PS3 manual, the only way to achieve audio quality better than stereo is to use SPDIF or HDMI. I tried finding speakers that accepts optical SPDIF but can't find any, the only 1 that's close is Logitech's 7.1 speakers that accepts coaxial that costs upwards of $400. I found a few sound cards that accepts SPDIF so wanted to ask if I can use my PC as the middle man for this. The PC is less than 1 meter from the PS3 and the sub woofer so I don't see any wiring problems.
Edited by Famia - 7/22/11 at 11:18am
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post #2 of 3
1. Yes it should. I ran my PS3 through my headphones with optical in, in the past.
2. No software, but make sure you go into Windows sound properties and check "Listen to this Device" on the optical in.
3. I wouldn't recommend a Xonar just because mine (the DX) doesn't have digital-in, only out. The X-fi Titanium can do what you need, and make sure you stay away from Fatality/Championship/etc. Extra price for nothing.
5. I don't believe so.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks Narzon.

Now I just have to find that niche place that carries any form of sound cards. Tried to do a quick shopping earlier and found that sound cards are very rare over here. Only found 1 that has SPDIF IN, Titanium fatality for $200 =(

The only available PCI-E slot on my mobo is directly below my video card. There should be no problem with that but I'm trying to find a PCI sound card instead just to be safe. My video card runs under 50C.
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180gb Intel 330 DVD Writer combo BD Writer Combo NH-D14 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
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180gb Intel 330 DVD Writer combo BD Writer Combo NH-D14 
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