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i currently have 2 sets of 5.1 speakers on my desk, some creatives that are hooked to the computer, and some pioneers that are hooked to the tv/360.

i want to be able to hook the computer to the pioneer receiver so i can sell the creatives and have a little more room on my desk.

the pioneer receiver has 1 optical cable input which is being used by the 360, and some normal RCA style input jacks.

is their a way to do this without spending a whole lot of money?

heres my pioneer receiver
http://www.overstock.com/?page=proframe&prod_id=2183155
 

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and that can give me 5.1 from the comp and the 360???

how would that be hooked up? (connection on pc --> receiver)

its all so very confusing, that xi-fi fatality thing seemed a lot less confusing but way too expensive.
 

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i don't believe it has a built in amp to bump it up to 5.1

i looked at the specs on link in my first post and on the front of the receiver and see nothing about built in amp.
 

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What you need is something that i'm not entirely sure exists. Somthing that converts the 3 mini-plugs out of your sound card into a coax or optical. However that entails changing a analog signal into a digital one. there might be something like this out there however i wouldnt expect it to be cheap.

I actully did see something similar(barely) to what you need once on a Cnet video about converting your old records to CD. It was some sort of analog to digital converter but it wasnt exactly what you need, however I could see the same technology used in the same application you are trying to use it in.
 

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Yeah I was just think that a 2 channal cable cant give you 5.1
Also enterprise1701 if you connect that jack to the green connector (front L&R) you cant get 5.1 out of it
 

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Also forgot to mention in your THX settings on your card change the port to Digital I/O to allow the pass-thru.

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????? so confused...

how much could i get for these speakers without the box cause im not sure if i still have it (the ones i have hooked to my comp)
http://creative.com/products/product...=25&product=55

cause then i could use the money from that and xmas money and get one of these
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102189

run an optical cable from my 360 to the optical in on the 5.25 bay thing, then run an optical cable from the optical out to the receiver, would that work?

would it be easier/cheaper to just deal with my sound blaster live ls and the 2 sets of speakers on the desk.
 

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????? so confused...

how much could i get for these speakers without the box cause im not sure if i still have it (the ones i have hooked to my comp)
http://creative.com/products/product...=25&product=55

cause then i could use the money from that and xmas money and get one of these
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102189

run an optical cable from my 360 to the optical in on the 5.25 bay thing, then run an optical cable from the optical out to the receiver, would that work?

would it be easier/cheaper to just deal with my sound blaster live ls and the 2 sets of speakers on the desk.
I dunno how much you could get for them but definatly get the X-fi.

I personnally think that you will enjoy the simpicity of having only one set of good speakers on ur desk and also I kno(even tho i upgraded from int. to x-fi not SBL) you will enjoy the increase in sound quality. I think my X-fi eXtreme music puts out awesome audio paird w/ my creative 7.1 spkr sys.
 

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yea but i only have 5.1 speakers, but the xi-fi would probably sound better then the sound blaster

not sure if i have the $200 to spend though
 

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my parents dont really like ebay but i think its cool. See if u can find a fatality or platinum X-fi on ebay for a good deal...

or buy the extreme music like i have and buy the upgrade kit, dunno if it would be cheaper though...

Edit: this(my sound card)

and the expansion bay off of ebay(buyitnow, and its new, and below retail, and it's in the US)

i think i might get that expansion bay myself so i can rip adio and stuff easier...

however the platinum would be Waaaaay cheaper after the MIB and just cheaper as is, it seems neweg has it on sale for right now. The Fatal1ty would also be cheaper after mib plus u have that 64MB of SPU XRAM on board...

However it doesnt look like your looking to buy right now, not to mention lastime i check decent optical cables wernt real cheap, could be wrong though(its been awhile)
 

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it's nice to see that someone else is recommending BJC
they're a great company. If your receiver has a digital coax input then all you need is a digital coax cable that has a mono mini plug on one end and an RCA plug on the other. BJC will make you a great cable that sounds good at the length you need for a very reasonable price. My 7' cable cost me about $25
 

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Its a 1/8 to digital coax, I use one for my X-Fi to reciever. You can pick one up at Radio Shack for about $6. You can also go the pricier route and get a custom cable from www.bluejeanscables.com

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103855&cp=&origkw=1%2F8+to+rc a&kw=1%2F8+to+rca&parentPage=search

pink

so if i get that cable what port on my sound blaster do i plug the 1/8" plug into.

heres a pic of the card


im pretty sure my current speakers are plugged into the black, green, and orange ports.

edit: if theres a optical to coaxial cable or something like an adapter then in a month or two i could get the blue gears 7.1 card and plug an optical to coaxial into it since the only optical port on my receiver is being used by the 360
 

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That card by the looks of it doesn't have a digital out, digi out is usually white in colour
 

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so no way of hooking comp up to my other speakers with that card.

what about a optical to coaxial cable, so if i get a bluegears card in a month or two i can run a cable from the optical out on the card (the optical cable then turning into a coaxial cable at the other end) and into the coaxial input on the receiver.

do they make such a cable
 
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