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Soundcard and VSX-822K Receiver

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Hi,

I am not really new to music production and I have been wanting to finally get to upgrading my system in order to produce music without having to worry about the sound distorting during recording and playback when more than 5 instruments are being used.

Not too long ago I purchased the Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card to which I am providing the link to for reference:
http://us.store.creative.com/Creative-Sound-Blaster-Z-PCIe-Sound/M/B009ISU33E.htm

I am having some difficulty in getting what i want from the sound card: SPDIF output to my VSX-822K receiver. I know that if I use SPDIF I will be able to control the volume directly through my receiver and not my computer, and this is what I would like to do.

My current setup is as follows:
-VSX-822K receiver: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Home/AV-Receivers/Pioneer+Receivers/VSX-822-K
-Rain Computers Solstice: http://www.zzounds.com/item-RAISOL06-check the specs on this site.---I upgraded the RAM to 8GB DDR2.
-Creative Sound Blaster Z
-NI Maschine
-Cubase Studio 5
-NI sound libraries, reFX Nexus, Kontakt, etc.

The receiver is connected to 2 Alesis Point Seven Nearfield Shielded Studio Monitors via speaker wires with banana plugs (in/out Front L/R) and an RCA cable connects my sub woofer to my receiver. I also have an SPDIF cable but I am unable to get sound form it unless I watch a movie in VLC. I am using an HDMI cables which runs from the receivers output channel to my main 32 inch computer monitor. I also have another HDMI connection going from the HDMI port on the computer to an HDMI input port on the receiver and then I have a secondary 24 inch computer monitor connected to the computer via VGA. The signal is transferred from the computer to the receivers input and then out the receivers output to the 32 inch monitor.

I use a Casio Privia fully weighted 88-key keyboard which is connected to the Rain computer via USB and also I will have my NI Maschine connected to the computer as well via USB.

I will be creating music in the electronica and cinematic genres and I would like to know what would be a good sound card to use? Should I use the Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card or should I invest in something like the ESI-Juli@ XTe sound card? Or, should I invest in an external USB DAC interface? I am a little lost as to what I should be looking for.

Also, should I change how the speakers are connected to the receiver? Instead of connecting them via speaker wire with banana plugs, should I invest in speakers that have RCA connectors?

Thank you for the help in advance!
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I ain't gonna be much help here other than telling you you're going in the wrong direction.

Sound Card - NO WAY.
The cheapest DAC will sound better

HT Receiver - EVEN MORE NO WAY.
HT receivers are sold based on features, not sound quality.

You need a DAC and a dedicated AMP/Integrated Amp.

As for which ones, that's really a personal choice. DACs and Amps all have a "sound", just like speakers do.

If your music production is for profit then I would think that $250-500 would be a good price range to look into for a DAC.

As for an Amp. I'm partial to the "silver era" units. Yamaha, Kenwood, Luxman, Sansui, from ebay.
I use a Yamaha CA-1010 with Amphion 2 speakers.
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2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
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