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Ok so i have a nice Sony receiver that i would like to use with my computer. What i would like to do is find a way to use a digital out on the computer and have the receiver do all the work.

How would i do this? I am guessing this would sound better than a soundcard. Is this true or does all the audio get decoded in the computer and just passed to the receiver?

Any thoughts or advice would be appreicated.

Thanks,
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What you would do it take the optical out from your sound card and hook it up to the receiver, and then either hook up your headphones or speakers.
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You can either do it via digital coax, optical or HDMI. Optical is probably the common, but HDMI is good also. Because the signal is digital, whether it's via a soundcard or onboard doesn't really make a difference because it's the receiver that has the DAC chip and amplifier in.
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That's how my audio is set up. Optical out from the MB to the optical in on the receiver. Sounds great to me. Much better then my old Logitech speaker system.
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What you would do it take the optical out from your sound card and hook it up to the receiver, and then either hook up your headphones or speakers.
Im building a new system do motherboards generally come with optical out?
I would hate to have to buy a soundcard just for a passthough.

Next if the signal is being passed from the soundcard or motherboard to the receiver will they be processing the signal?
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Yeah, nearly all mid/high end motherboards come with optical SPDIF. And, nope, if you weren't using a receiver the soundcard would have to convert the digital signal into an analogue wave and then amplify it. Onboard sound has poorer quality parts and therefore doesn't do this as well, hence people purchase sound cards.

But, the signal being sent to the receiver is digital. It's either a 1 or 0. It's not like an analogue wave that can be distorted. It's then the recievers job to actually convert it into analogue and amplify it. So, when using digital, there is 99.9% no difference between onboard or a dedicated soundcard.

I sold my Xonar D2 and use my Realtek onboard to output to my DAC and Amp.
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Yeah, nearly all mid/high end motherboards come with optical SPDIF. And, nope, if you weren't using a receiver the soundcard would have to convert the digital signal into an analogue wave and then amplify it. Onboard sound has poorer quality parts and therefore doesn't do this as well, hence people purchase sound cards.

But, the signal being sent to the receiver is digital. It's either a 1 or 0. It's not like an analogue wave that can be distorted. It's then the recievers job to actually convert it into analogue and amplify it. So, when using digital, there is 99.9% no difference between onboard or a dedicated soundcard.

I sold my Xonar D2 and use my Realtek onboard to output to my DAC and Amp.
That sounds great! Thanks so much for the info and repped!
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Also you can use the HDMI port on your video card for sound if your receiver has HDMI input.
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post #9 of 9
If none of the extra features of a conventional sound card are necessary (like CMSS-3D), I would get an external USB DAC, like Creative Surrround 5.1, which sells for like $50.
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