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Hey guys so I currently have my computer hooked up to a monitor (with computer speakers) and tv (with a home theater audio) and was thinking of instead of using sound over hdmi (for the tv) i could hook up the sound card to the home theater system. Currently im switching sound between the sound card and the hdmi.

i was wondering if i would notice a huge difference between a gtx 465 sound over hdmi and a creative xfi hd over rca stereo Optical? I would have to hook-up/buy 3 more audio cable to attach it to my home theater to the computer.

Basically would the audio quality be that much better to buy 3 more cables and rewiring my av?

Thanks for your input! +reps
Edited by DNytAftr - 2/20/11 at 8:30pm
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HDMI sends the sound UNALTERED to the receiver. So they would be fairly equal with hdmi probably taking the edge since it is made to decode.
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HDMI sends the sound UNALTERED to the receiver. So they would be fairly equal with hdmi probably taking the edge since it is made to decode.
+rep
hmm okay so the sound should sound better over hdmi vs rca. thats good to know

I might have this wrong (anyone correct me if im am) i thought that a sound card would have a better audio then the video card because it has less distortion etc? If i used an optical cable instead of rca could the sound card be better? or would it pretty much be the same (optical over sound card vs hdmi over video card).
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I'm not sure, but I though sound from the video card just used the onboard (or sound card if you have one) audio. Like, it doesn't process the audio at all?
 
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I'm not sure, but I though sound from the video card just used the onboard (or sound card if you have one) audio. Like, it doesn't process the audio at all?
hmm.. interesting, i would if i would get sound at all if i took off my sound card since my mobo doesnt have on-board sound o_O i always thought the video cards had an sound card on the board >_<

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Using hdmi audio would be superior. HDMI transmits bit-perfect digital audio to your home theater or tv system to decode. RCA transmits lossy, analog audio. Digital is prefered because your sound card's ouput adds an additional layer of processing.

Though, audio is very subjective and you may find that you prefer the sound of the xfi.
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video cards don't have sound cards on board...usually there's a small cable that connects from the top of your sound card or board to the top of the video card and then transfers the sound by hdmi to your speakers...going optical versus hdmi allows for almost completely lossless audio...through hdmi is worse than optical, but hdmi is equivalent to the sound card rca outputs


i'm building an htpc for my friend and he's doing the optical route...
    
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Using hdmi audio would be superior. HDMI transmits bit-perfect digital audio to your home theater or tv system to decode. RCA transmits lossy, analog audio. Digital is prefered because your sound card's ouput adds an additional layer of processing.

Though, audio is very subjective and you may find that you prefer the sound of the xfi.
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video cards don't have sound cards on board...usually there's a small cable that connects from the top of your sound card or board to the top of the video card and then transfers the sound by hdmi to your speakers...going optical versus hdmi allows for almost completely lossless audio...through hdmi is worse than optical, but hdmi is equivalent to the sound card rca outputs

i'm building an htpc for my friend and he's doing the optical route...
+reps to both

Ah okay so the audio is processed though the sound card and then goes though the video card hdmi (if im understanding it right). So hdmi would be the better route for me and if im able to i should go optical (though i need to figure out how).

rca<hdmi<optical

hmm so i should attach the cable from the sound card to the video card though if i want full lossless audio?
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Why aren't you using your receiver's video switching capabilities? You should only have to input a single HDMI cable to your receiver and then another from the output of the receiver into your tv.
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Ah okay so the audio is processed though the sound card and then goes though the video card hdmi (if im understanding it right). So hdmi would be the better route for me and if im able to i should go optical (though i need to figure out how).

rca<hdmi<optical

hmm so i should attach the cable from the sound card to the video card though if i want full lossless audio?
lossless would be straight optical...hmdi would still lose a small amount because the sound is going through the video card after leaving the sound card and then again through the hdmi cable...every cable makes you lose some quality as a function of length. optical loses the least but still loses. "lossless" does not exist. period. simple physics

i recommend for you to use the sound card and go through hdmi, and keep the hdmi cable as short as possible...from 3' to 6' at most...the quality of hdmi cables doesn't matter much in that range...3' is really the best and loses the least, for video and audio
    
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