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Greetings,

I am trying to figure out the best way (or a way) to hook up my Computer to my Home Theater System (long term hopefully).
Sound Card is X-Fi Xtremegamer: http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Sound-Blaster-XtremeGamer-70SB073A00000/dp/B000J1F1BI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1325363413&sr=1-1
My A/V reciever is the Onkyo TX-SR505:
http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-SR505-Channel-Theater-Receiver/dp/B000OBOGEG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325363253&sr=8-1

The deal is this - I'm aiming to hook it up via analog, perhaps like an 3.5mm to RCA. The Onkyo reciever has 7.1 analog in, however it's for each channel so there's 8 ports. Not totally sure how I would be able to hook this up; I need help.

The Xtremegamer does have an "optical" port, but it's not the traditional square port, it's the more narrow headphone jack type. All I would need is a TOSLINK cable or adapter, however this would only provide stereo PCM to my receiver.

Any input/help is appreciated.thumb.gif
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post #2 of 15
I'm not seeing where you have 8 in's for 1 device.

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I'm talking about the area in the middle (where the blue and light green plugs are) where it says front, surround, center, surround back, etc.
I don't see any other possibility for analog connections.
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post #4 of 15
You need to buy RCA to Stereo Minijack converters.
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post #5 of 15
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So would these possibly work?
http://www.amazon.com/3-5mm-Mini-Plug-Computer-Stereo/dp/B000LMFS7M/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1325396869&sr=8-3
Cheapo's, but got good reviews.
So basically I'd just order 3 of them to hook into all but the surround back ports (5.1)?
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Originally Posted by RideZeLitenin View Post

So would these possibly work?
http://www.amazon.com/3-5mm-Mini-Plug-Computer-Stereo/dp/B000LMFS7M/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1325396869&sr=8-3
Cheapo's, but got good reviews.
So basically I'd just order 3 of them to hook into all but the surround back ports (5.1)?

RCA is stereo Left/Right. 5.1, is 5.1. 5 speakers 1 sub. Etc. If you want true surround to make it easy on yourself, just get an SPDIF cable. (orange) the hardware will do the rest once you connect that single orange cable.

Edit:
Seems you know this.

I'm completely lost on what you're trying to do. So you just wanna hook your soundcard up to play off of 2 speakers to your receiver? confused.gif

Just throw the 3.5RCA cable in the CD spot. That's what I do since my old receiver doesn't have AUX lol.
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Those should work
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I thought orange was coaxial and the mini square emitting light was optical.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RideZeLitenin View Post

So would these possibly work?
http://www.amazon.com/3-5mm-Mini-Plug-Computer-Stereo/dp/B000LMFS7M/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1325396869&sr=8-3
Cheapo's, but got good reviews.
So basically I'd just order 3 of them to hook into all but the surround back ports (5.1)?

Yes. Although you could also just run 1 HDMI cable from your video card to your receiver, and the hdmi video out to your screen.
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post #10 of 15
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Quote:
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I thought orange was coaxial and the mini square emitting light was optical.

This is true.
The Xtremegamer has 4 inputs: 3 for analog audio, and one mini-toslink/optical. You can get adapters or converter cables in order to connect it via SPDIF, however it will only output 2ch PCM (except when playing Movies and select games already encoded in Dolby Digital). Let's just say I don't want this
Quote:
Originally Posted by redsunx View Post

RCA is stereo Left/Right. 5.1, is 5.1. 5 speakers 1 sub. Etc. If you want true surround to make it easy on yourself, just get an SPDIF cable. (orange) the hardware will do the rest once you connect that single orange cable.
Edit:
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I'm completely lost on what you're trying to do. So you just wanna hook your soundcard up to play off of 2 speakers to your receiver? confused.gif
Just throw the 3.5RCA cable in the CD spot. That's what I do since my old receiver doesn't have AUX lol.

That's the basic idea. Except I'm gonna try to connect it via multichannel analog in that middle area shown below

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It's labeled "DVD" and features the blue, grey, green, and purple inputs in addition to the front red and white RCA.
All I'm wandering now is if those RCA to 3.5mm will work for the rest of the inputs instead of just the front two...
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