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HD reciever connected to sound card?

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Well I've decided to have my local cable company supply me with cable T.V. I have been simply using the net for all my entertainment needs but think i might like to try out some HD cable. I've seen an HD receiver with an optical out and am wondering if I will be able to connect to my sound blaster titanium therefore using my 5.1 pc speakers while watching the T.V. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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no idea, but the specs say it has SPDIF in so I'd think it could be done.
    
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By the looks of it that sound card has spdif input. So you should be able to do what you want.
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Optical only gives 2 Channel Uncompressed PCM. HDMI give 8 channel Uncompressed PCM. If your using a 2.1 setup then it wouldn't matter, but for 5.1 it sounds way better going HDMI.

Does your 6970 have HDMI? If so HDMI from your GPU to your receiver and HDMI from your receiver to your monitor/display. Then any HDMI product you plug into the the Receiver can use your 5.1 IE PS3, Blu-ray etc. It also allows you to ditch the sound card entirely as it won't be needed.

Its how I setup mine, and it sounds so much better than my Asus Essence STX. Sure a sound card may be $200 while my Receiver and speakers were $1700, but you get what you pay for. Now I won't buy GPUs without HDMI.
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It depends on whether or not your Sound Blaster's optical in will transmit Dolby Digital 5.1
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I dont know what receiver you have, but you dont need to connect it to the sound card. You could go from your motherboard right to the receiver. Or use HDMI from the GPU.
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