I recently built a HTPC with Blu Ray etc and from the visual side all is good.
The sound however is a different matter. I thought I would just be able to plug in my 3.5 jack into the PC and then the Phono leads into my Dolby amp and hey presto! Dolby Surround.
Never assume eh?
So what I want to know is what is the best possible connection solution from PC to Dolby amp for Surround Sound??
I am using my onboard sound and I have a light blue, lime green and Pink connector. My Motherboard manual says that I can connect the front speakers to the Lime green, the surround speakers to the Light Blue and the Sub and centre to the Pink.
Would buying a sound card with optical (toslink) be a better option for sound.
I also have a 3.5 connector at the front of the PC for SPDIF??
It will be a straightforward Audio cable with usually 3.5mm mini-jack on each end, or mini-jack on one end and phono connections on the other. Have a look at this link and click on the 3.5 and Phono link to see the cables.
I have a home cinema set up already for a SD DVD player, CD player and Sky Box. Now that I have introduced the PC into the equation I was a bit confused on the way to connect. After your advice yesterday I have looked at some sound cards with optical out and wondered if that would be better for 5.1 sound?