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post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by DNytAftr View Post
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?
Are you okay with using two cables (one for video and another for sound)?

If you say yes, there really is no point to do this:

sound card --->video card----> receiver/amp

I would just use optical cable and connect it from:

sound card --->amp

and then use HDMI connect:

Video card ----> Monitor/TV.
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post #12 of 29
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lossless would be straight optical.
You can't pass any of the high definition (lossless) movie audio formats using optical.
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post #13 of 29
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You can't pass any of the high definition (lossless) movie audio formats using optical.
Seriously does it even matter? If you can hear a difference, then you need your ears checked; you might not be human!

Optical can be lossless, just not for certain codecs.
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post #14 of 29
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You can't pass any of the high definition (lossless) movie audio formats using optical.
^this.

Dts-hd and dolby true hd can only be passed to a receiver through a high speed hdmi cable.
post #15 of 29
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You can't pass any of the high definition (lossless) movie audio formats using optical.
i wasn't aware of this. shouldn't this also vary per sound card? as some of the ones i've looked at in the 100 dollar range say they pass audio through optical? and in that case windows sends the audio out through optical? then your amp plays it back? correct?
    
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post #16 of 29
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i wasn't aware of this. shouldn't this also vary per sound card?
No. Only HDMI can be used to carry the high definition movie audio formats. It's not device dependent.
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post #17 of 29
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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.
The receiver i have doesnt have hdmi.

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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
hmm okay, currently i have a 6ft hdmi so i should be fine,

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Are you okay with using two cables (one for video and another for sound)?

If you say yes, there really is no point to do this:

sound card --->video card----> receiver/amp

I would just use optical cable and connect it from:

sound card --->amp

and then use HDMI connect:

Video card ----> Monitor/TV.
+rep
well i dont care how many cables i use just looking for the best sound quality possible. so i might be better off just putting it thought the sound card instead of rewiring it thought the video card.

Edit: ah cant pass loss less though optical
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post #18 of 29
You won't have a problem with a 6' cable...it's unshielded cables and cable runs of 25' and above where there may be some loss.
post #19 of 29
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okay so by the sounds of it i should be using HDMI to keep top sound quality since it can send hd-movie formats, (gonna use it as a blu-ray player and stream video as well) What cable would i use to connect the sound card to the video card?
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Only 2 lossless channel audio will pass though optical unless you're using Dolby Digital or DTS.
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