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I have an Asus Xonar D2X Sound Card. I just purchased Klipsch RB-41 (RC-42 for Center Channel) speakers with a Polk Audio PSW110 subwoofer.

I'm now stuck at deciding how much I should spend on a receiver, and whether I should use digital or analog cables.

I've read that the DAC on my sound card is better than any receiver so I should use analog cables to connect my PC to the receiver. Is this true even if I get a decent receiver? I was thinking of getting a Yamaha RX-A710.

And if I end up using analog cables, should I go for a less expensive receiver?

EDIT: I got my answer after a series of replies from avsforum. I'll be sending my audio through HDMI to my receiver... bypassing my kickass soundcard altogether.. oh well! Thought I'd link it up in case anyone ever had the same quesiton here at OCN:
Edited by LXXIII - 5/12/12 at 10:48pm
     
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Personally I use analog with gaming so I can get the full effect of 5.1 and for movies and such I use optical so the surround sound receiver does the decoding. It all depends on what sounds best to you.thumb.gif
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Hdmi cable gives you full 7.1 uncompressed audio
     
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Hdmi cable gives you full 7.1 uncompressed audio

From my experience, games only recognize it as stereo though
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From my experience, games only recognize it as stereo though

Don't games send a 7.1 digital signal to the DAC regardless of setup? Then the DAC (either on sound card or receiver) converts it to the appropriate number of channels.
     
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From my experience, games only recognize it as stereo though

Don't games send a 7.1 digital signal to the DAC regardless of setup? Then the DAC (either on sound card or receiver) converts it to the appropriate number of channels.

I might be doing it wrong but every time I launch a game after watching a movie and forget to swap it back to analog I always just end up with 2.0 that my system does it's "auto surround fill" thing on (combining the fronts for the middle and removing voices and loud stuff for the rears just like any dolby receiver will do with a stereo source)
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I might be doing it wrong but every time I launch a game after watching a movie and forget to swap it back to analog I always just end up with 2.0 that my system does it's "auto surround fill" thing on (combining the fronts for the middle and removing voices and loud stuff for the rears just like any dolby receiver will do with a stereo source)

Are you sure your movies are in actual 5.1?
     
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I might be doing it wrong but every time I launch a game after watching a movie and forget to swap it back to analog I always just end up with 2.0 that my system does it's "auto surround fill" thing on (combining the fronts for the middle and removing voices and loud stuff for the rears just like any dolby receiver will do with a stereo source)

Are you sure your movies are in actual 5.1?

Dolby digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 (My receiver has a digital decode light that turns on if it is decoding 5.1)

EDIT: or I should say that the light turns on if it is receiving anything more than stereo over digital

EDIT2: just saw what I missed in the above post that is confusing: when I referred to "my system" I am referring to my receiver
Edited by h0thead132 - 5/22/12 at 8:13pm
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Wow, I am an idiot... didn't notice that this was in HTPC.... /facepalm

For movies and other media digital is perfect, that is what it was designed for.

If you want to do some gaming on the same system though (again from my experience) digital only shows up as stereo.

Sorry for running you around, again, I am a moron...
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