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I'll admit I'm basically a nub when it comes to sound equipment and computers. I built a computer for my buddy about a year ago, and installed a basic sound card just so he wasn't running onboard. Now he's moving into his own house and wants to hook it up to his stereo system. He has a receiver with some nice infinity speakers. Instead of having to burn all his music, he wants to hook his computer up to the receiver. I'm going to have a look at the inputs on it this weekend, but I figured I should get familiar with what exactly this concept would entail. I assume it has the basic receiver inputs, is there some sort of cable adapter that would work to go from a standard soundcard? Or are there particular outputs on certain sound cards that are made to go to receivers? Thanks for the help everyone!
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What sound card does he have? Do you have the receiver model so we can check inputs?
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I've always used a Y-adaptor.

I'm assuming by standard stereo inputs, you mean RCA plugs? If so, yeah Y-adaptor. You can pick them up almost anywhere w/ an electronics department. It's a cord, which one end looks like a headphone jack, the other end are the red & white plugs.
    
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I've always used a Y-adaptor.

I'm assuming by standard stereo inputs, you mean RCA plugs? If so, yeah Y-adaptor. You can pick them up almost anywhere w/ an electronics department. It's a cord, which one end looks like a headphone jack, the other end are the red & white plugs.
Ok great, i just wanted to make sure things like this existed. Tonight I'll ask him to check out his card and receiver, I can't remember what I put in there, as we just picked it up from Best Buy last minute. Thanks guys!
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If he has SPDIF, it would be better though?
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If he has SPDIF, it would be better though?
I'd imagine.

Y-adaptor is almost a sure bet though, if it turns out he doesn't.
    
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Yeah I'm not sure what it has, basically think cheapest soundcard you can find. I don't think it has any outputs besides the normal headphone/microphone sized jacks, what does a SPDIF look like?
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SPDIF looks like a square box input bassically

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Ahh right, digital. I don't think his soundcard has them. My shuttle comes with them onboard (which is odd) but the soundcard he uses is only standard line out. I think I'll try the splitter to two RCA jacks this weekend.
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