Originally Posted by holyindian
The Speaker setup is 7.1
Also, I would like to use a dedicated high end sound card, for flawless audio. I know just cos i am using a high end A/V reciever a high end dedicated audio card will be of little help cos most of the digital signal gets converted and mux'ed from the a/v reciever, but lot of dts and some upconverts are better from an ASUS Xonar Essence STX soundcard.
For this, what type of connection do u recommend.. for the best audio.
HDMI, Coaxial/Toslink for the audio, or analog???
Why would i need an HDMI splitter??
Is it cos i will be using two HDMI's one for Audio and another for Video.. that is coming from sound card and graphic card respectively??
Hrm I'm not sure what format is capable of what, I know Coaxial and Toslink both do 5.1, I'm sure they can probably do 7.1 as well.
My mention of a splitter-box was just because I know some people have HDTV's, HTPC, CableBoxes, PS3+XBOX360+Wii, all setup and connected to one or more TV's/devices etc; so I was just thinking that - but.
Mainly I think you just need to figure out sound/video for your HTPC if it's the only device driving your Blue Ray/Steaming entertainment, and for that it's down to whether you use the video card for audio pass through over HDMI or whether you go with digital/optical via non-HDMI for audio. Depends on what kind of equipment you'll end up getting...
I'd say Coaxial/Toslink are both one-in-the-same as far as performance etc, but HDMI may have newer formats available that Coaxial/Toslink can't do like Dolby True HD, to be honest I'm not really sure.