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I have a onkyo ht-r580 receiver that came in the ht-s5300 home theater in a box. My sound card is a creative x-fi titanium. Is using fiber optic a waste of the sound card and if so how can i hookup my receiver to still have dts.
I watch movies, play games and listen to music.
    
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I use it and its not a waste at all.

I play games and watch movies.
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so using fiber optic for the audio hookup doesn't defeat the purpose of having the sound card?
    
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Read around that it just bi passes the audio card and it doesn't do any processing is there any truth to that?
    
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Just use your HDMI from your 5770. You can get DTS/DD from that. That way you only need 1 connection from your PC.
Thats the same way I hook up to my system.
    
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my receiver won't strip the audio from hdmi it's jsut a pass through. I have not tried it my self though. Monitor doesn't have hdmi either .
Edited by Gualichu04 - 8/14/11 at 3:17pm
    
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i use the digital audio all the time for my wireless headphones and it works just fine through my sound card. Im using an Asus Sonar Essence STX.

Im not an expert but unless you are an audiophile, you should be just fine. I cant notice any decrease in quality.
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with a sound card the jitter that an onboard sound card creates is lowered and audio quality is a bit better. Not too much better but every little thing helps
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Yes, using an optical or coax (digital) cable does bypass all of your soundcard's operational components (DAC, etc.). All your soundcard is doing is encoding the digital signal to pass digitally through your S/PDIF cable and your receiver is doing the DAC conversion. So, I guess yes, essentially your soundcard is "a waste". An onboard card will do the same job with the same results. However, with analog outputs...it is a whole different story.
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