Originally Posted by soloz2
That depends on what you primarily use your computer for. If you game you need to use analogue cables. The cables that came with your speakers will be fine, and you won't get any real improvement without spending quite a bit more money. If you primarily listen to music, or movies then digital output just might give you better soundquality. The speakers themselves can decode surround sound for movies.
Your X-Fi has digital coax out. You'll need an adapter or a better option would be to get a custom digital coax cable. I have a spare if you need/want. I'll sell it cheap
1. his/her card does not have optical out
2. coax is superior to optical except at extremely long runs.
How can you say that, Optical is noise free 100%, can deliver information at the speed of light, and conducts no electricity. Optical is far superrior to wire for future apps. In my opinion, they are pretty equal when it comes to the wire and current use, but since a computer can be a electricly noisy box, I will use optical, and never have to wory about emi noise. Now when Jitter is considered on optical cables, that is not the cables fault, it is the input stage that can genrally create Jitter. If you have to create tight corners when running wire then maybe coax, but genrally optical cables are thinner and can deliver the same info as coax. Furthermore, I find that a low end optical cable will outperform a low end coax. When it comes to High end coax and high end optical I have never heard any diff. I have seen some devices have a much stronger output stage on optical over the coax out, like the original ps2, but again that has nothing to do with the wire.