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HTPC 5.1 Sound Cables - Where did I go wrong?

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Heres the situation. I have my HTPC setup, works fine, have surround sound running out of a Diamond XS71 sound card which has 2 SPDIF ports. SPDIF In and SPDIF Out. I then bought myself a Razer Chaimera 5.1 wireless headset for use at night. (Note, this isn't for gaming, I don't play games on my PC). So I thought to myself, I can run my Xbox 360 audio into the SPDIF In port via the optical port.

So i bought this cable: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001VJ680U/ref=oh_o01_s00_i00_details

And I thought that it was and optical from the Xbox to the SPDIF In port. Then assuming it worked, I could just get another to run out of the sound card and into the Razer headset and voila, I would be set for switching to whatever I wanted to use. Well I came to find out that that cable is wrong. The SPDIF port looks more like a component port.

All of this audio nonsense has me confused. I've never really ventured into audio. I'm not looking for some high end audio card to do the job since the surround sound system isn't high end either. Basically is there some cable I can get to hook up the optical ports or should I just grab some other audio card that has what I would need?

Thanks in advance
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You need a toslink to RCA (spdif coaxial) converter. I think there may be cables for this as well as physical converter boxes.
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I was looking at those, and it looks like some of them down convert to stereo audio, and the rest are around $15. Seeing as I would need 2 of them it is cheaper just to get a new sound card. Creative has some like what I need for around $40
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