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Run an X-Fi Platinum through my Digital receiver

post #1 of 6
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I'm looking to run an X-fi Platinum through a digital receiver. I want a set up that lets me run my PC music and video through my 7.1 living room speakers.

Any suggestions on a good receiver working with about $200.00-$250.00 and under.
post #2 of 6
If you run a digital receiver through your X-Fi, remember that everything will be in 2 channel stereo except for Movies and other content that is already encoded in dolby digital or dts. Games will never be in surround sound.

For under 200 bucks, I'd look at some Pioneer receivers.
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post #3 of 6
Onkyo makes some great budget receivers.


When you use the digital output of an X-fi you will only get stereo sound inless the source is specifically coded in multi-channel sound (like a DVD) games will be stereo. CMSS 3D will still work so that is a valid option for headphones. But if you want headphones then look at a $200 DAC like a Zhaolu or Beresford MKIV that have built in headphone amps.
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So DVD's in mutil chanel, games in stereo. That's cool, because I'm not really a gamer. The purpose of my PC is for music and video.

Also that card is 7.1 can it also do 5.1.

I ask because 5.1 is a lot cheaper.
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Ya, I would take a good look at the pioneer's, and make sure to use optical out and in.
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I would go with an Onkyo. That would probably go over $250 though unless you went with a lower end one. I've got a Onkyo A-RV401 from the early 90's hooked up to my computer and it's still rockin' on.
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