Thread: Sound card to Audio Receiver ?
November 26th, 2001, 07:31 PM #1
Sound card to Audio Receiver ?
I want to connect Computer Sound card to home stereo Audio/Video Receiver . Is this possible ?
There are several options.
1) Connect the front/ back to front/back on Receiverwith built in 5.1 & DTS decoder. This will connect to home 5.1 speakersystem.
2) Get card like Fortissimo II or Hercules XP with optical out and connect to optical in on Receiver.
3) Use SP/DIF to Sp/dif (digital) connector on Receiver.
Alternatively, I have an Altec Lansing Dolby Surround three-part speaker system not in use that was designed for TV audio out and had seperate Sub-woofer and front/emulated "back" speakers. Don't know if it will "draw" too much power and burnout Sound Card or worse.
Does any body out there in TecHIMO-land have their sound card connected to their Audio Receiver & Speakers??
Any thing I should know?
Anyrhing above sound crazy --no pun intended?
PS. One of the reasons I want to do this is not only superior sound with no x-tra expense for 5.1 Computer speakers, but also with TV/out Video card , I can achieve total home covergence. Have this Computer in L.R. anyway, near the TV/ Receiver etc.
November 26th, 2001, 07:35 PM #2
i run a soublaster live! mp3+ 5.1... there's two ways to do it...
if your recevier supports optical, connect from the spidf out on the card to an input on your receiver.
or... if you just have analog, like my nice little panasonic stereo does...
get a 1/8" to rca cable converter from radioshack, and connect fro mthe audio out to the rca inputs on your receiver.
if you want both your comp speakers and your receiver to work at the same time, get a splitter.
November 26th, 2001, 10:32 PM #3
I have an uninstalled SB Gamer 5.1 (same HW; diff. SW) with SP/DIF out (non-optical) I believe. You havn't had problems with too much juice being drawn by the Receiver ? I guess you havn't , or you wouldn't know 'til card went. So it IS safe, huh?
The reason I would prefer optical is less interfernce than running analog cables and no risk of electrical surge. Optical cable is somewhat expensive but right now they are 3' apart !
Don't need to split for comp speakers as they are installed on another Comp. in the Kitchen !
I'd like to try the AltecLansing TV sourd Sound home theatre Gizmo but scared of draw ! I guesss TV don't put out more than 5-10 Watts anyway so it would probably work. Have to be careful with ohmage.
November 26th, 2001, 10:37 PM #4
no i've never had any power problems with my setup. most of these cards are designed to allow for this kind of setup, where you use your pc to do some stuff and pass it on to a receiver... very useful when you want that "immersive" gaming experience.
i don't think power should be much of a worry. maybe there was a bit of an issue with your receiver or something...
November 27th, 2001, 08:32 PM #5
My primary receiver is 60W X 5 with both digital and optical inputs.
Question has been raised whether "s/pdif out" on sound card can connect to "digital in" on Receiver. Are these two connectors equivalent ?
ThanX and need clarification whether I correctly understand that this is the case.
November 28th, 2001, 05:07 PM #6
The "digital in" on your receiver (particularly the coax RCA one) is so marked because, with 80 bazillion RCA connectors back there, even a non-dunderhead can plug a gigital output into an analog input, or vice versa. Easy to do
It'll accept s/pdif output from the sound card no problem. The digital inputs on the receiver are so marked also because, typically, the receiver will auto-detect the format of the bitstream it's being fed (stereo, DD 5.1, DTS, etc) and apply the proper decoding automatically.
As for as voltage/current draw or extra strain on either system, it's pretty much a non-factor, unlike audio in the analog realm.There's only two things in life. But I forget what they are.
November 28th, 2001, 05:11 PM #7
I DO THIS!!!!!
Started 2 years ago......ultra sweet
Follow Storms advice.
I have a Pioneer 100w*5 reciever.
November 28th, 2001, 05:11 PM #8
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