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Connecting to a surround amp

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Gilbers, Apr 6, 2005.

  1. Gilbers

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    I'm looking to connect my PC to a surround amp, and I'm wondering if I can use just a digital connection (as I do with my Xbox and PS2) or will I have to connect a set of analogue cables too?

    As I understand it, the DTS/Dolby Digital stream from a DVD will be passed through to the soundcards SPDIF connecter, but can I get all other sound from the PC (games and other applications) to go out via the SPDIF too?

    I have yet to choose a soundcard, so if I need a particular model to achieve this I'd apreciate some recommendations.
     
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    Depends on the soundcard, but you can usually just use the digital out for all your needs.
     
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    For DVDs then definitely yes the Dolby/DTS soundtrack will go straight to the amp. For games however i am pretty sure that you need this encoding within the PC, from what i understand that is also what that link is saying.
     
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    Normal sampled audio (WAVs) can be output as 2-channel PCM which a receiver should be able to handle .. you should only need an encoder if you want to output in Dolby Digital form for some reason, eg. it's a game with surround sound.
     
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    Cheers for the advice!

    Looks like I'll have to save my pennies for a Dolby Digital encoding card then.
     

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