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optical...
this. use hdmi from pc to tv and optical from pc to receiver.
    
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Just a pair of rca cables will NOT give you true surround.
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I run Audio and video through HDMI and have an optical for sound going from my TV to my receiver. Works well and doesnt require any special setup, whatver is on the TV is automatically sent to the reciever, dont have to worry about audio inputs.
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post #24 of 27
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Yeah I just tried the RCA and I am only getting two channel sound. Maybe there is something special you have to do to get it to mess with the RCA signal and try to get the surround down it, IDK.

It turns out my TV does have one optical out in a hard to see corner, so I'll just use that. Thanks for all the help guys.

If anyone does know the story behind getting RCA to do surround please share it, I'm still curious if it's really possible.
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post #25 of 27
The only way you can get rca cables to do surround is to have one cable for each channel...so six cables for 5.1, and your device would need to have 5.1 analog out and your receiver would need to 5.1 analog in.
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Lulz, so there ya go Crazy. 3 pages later and we got you there. Hope all works and thanks for the info that I missed as well everybody.
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post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by an51r View Post
it would not be stereo sound the decoders are in your receiver, people have been using 5.1 with RCA's for a long time before optical and HDMI came out.
Nope, a pair of analog RCA outputs can only carry a 2 channel signal. The 5.1 setup you're thinking of is simply a simulated sound generated by filtering and spatial delays created by the receiver. However, this is not a true 5.1 sound and isn't anything directly from the source. In order to receive a true 5.1 signal, you'll have to use a digital connection. For the latest high definition soundtracks (TrueHD,etc), you'll have to use HDMI.

Edit: To the posters above, feeding 5 channel analog out is using the output device to do the decoding and not the receiver. For example, you can get a 5.1 high definition signal out of a Blu Ray player by using 5 RCA connections, but you would not be able to use the receiver's DACs. You would be forced to use those inside the Blu Ray.
Edited by sccr64472 - 6/11/10 at 1:56pm
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