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Ok seems like it's 50/50 I suppose I'll try both.

The way I have it setup right now is a toslink running from my Z5500 Control the the Elite Pro external box. All I have to do is set it to digital/SPDIF, where do I do that exactly?
If you have Creative's software fully installed for your XFI I believe the setting is in the THX Console some where. Its been a while since I've played around with that software.

IIRC analog is ideal for music listening, while optical/coaxial are ideal for movies and games. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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You need to run the analog connection if you're going from the X-Fi to the Z5500 box......this way the X-Fi will do the digital to analog conversion. If you use the TOSlink then the Z5500s will do the DA conversion, and the DAC chips are of lower quality in the Z5500s when compared to the X-Fi.
It would be wise to use TOSlink if you're connecting to a receiver of some sort......as long as the DACs are of higher quality than the X-Fi's.
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Ok so running regular analog from the Z5500's control pod to my X-Fi is the ideal setup?
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it doesn't really matter you aint gonna hear that much of difference. The analog will sound better if you have properly shielded cables because sound is an analog signal (whatever the process is it will always get converted into analog in the end). When going through the optical port the analog signal needs to be converted into digital first then out the line, and you lose data because of sampling.

just get proper cables, don't use coat hangers. the only down side to using coat hangers is if there is EMI then your sound is gonna go sour.
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