Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

7.1 or 5.1 Receiver that connects to ur computer soundcard?

Last response: in Components
Share
May 27, 2007 5:19:30 AM

I'm interested in buying some speakers for my pc and so far all the good one's I've heard of are made before 2005 and so I was just wondering if u can connect one of those home theater receiver thingy majigys to ur pc?
May 28, 2007 10:41:07 PM

Yes you can. Both analog and digitally, depending on what your sound card has for outputs.
May 28, 2007 11:08:08 PM

I'm thinking of getting on of those creative x-fi cards their analog if i'm correct?
Related resources
May 28, 2007 11:17:44 PM

Quote:
I'm thinking of getting on of those creative x-fi cards their analog if i'm correct?


correct
May 28, 2007 11:25:35 PM

would u need a certain type of 7.1 receiver, or could any of them do it?
May 29, 2007 12:02:00 AM

you can pretty much use any 2, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1 etc digital amplifier/receiver to connect to your pc... as long as it has proper amount of analog rca inputs on it, or has a digital optical toslink input or digital coaxial input on it (but, pretty much just about any current receiver could be used, TBH, anywhere from under $100 and up)

(heres an example of new receivers at bestbuy, for as cheap as $120 for a 6.1)
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=cat03031&typ...
May 29, 2007 1:17:04 AM

i have x-fi fatality and a kenwood dolb digital receiver at 5.1. sound is amazing and you plug it in optical and everything is detected by itself. upgraded from logitech speakers z-5500. These are really good but home theatre receiver and speakers really blows gaming away. if you have a small room go for logitech anythin more than 20X20 feet go crazy for home theatre. it depends on your budget.
May 29, 2007 4:53:41 AM

Analog

Get RCA to stereo mini cables (or adaptors)

RCA to the receiver end, stereo mini for PC

Digital

Pretty simple, no adapters needed except for Creative sound cards, which you wouldn't want to use digital anyway, since digital bypasses the sound card altogether.
May 29, 2007 5:52:23 AM

ok! I get it now thx for the replies
May 29, 2007 7:00:19 AM

Quote:
you can pretty much use any 2, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1 etc digital amplifier/receiver to connect to your pc... as long as it has proper amount of analog rca inputs on it, or has a digital optical toslink input or digital coaxial input on it (but, pretty much just about any current receiver could be used, TBH, anywhere from under $100 and up)

(heres an example of new receivers at bestbuy, for as cheap as $120 for a 6.1)
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=cat03031&typ...


Connecting an X-Fi to a digital amplifier through a digital cable will cause games to be played in stereo mode
May 29, 2007 7:09:25 AM

true. i guess i was thinking of the receiver matrixing the stereo pcm signal, it would be surround, but not discrete surround... definetly not the same. (i think also that eax wasnt able to be used over stereo pcm either)... so i guess what i said about coaxial/optical is kinda pointless with an x-fi concerning gaming
May 29, 2007 10:13:36 AM

EAX is not an encoded signal, it's processing applied to a signal. No reason why EAX wouldn't be applied over stereo pcm. It certainly is pointless if you want surround sound.
May 29, 2007 9:47:13 PM

thats the same thing i had said before... according to creative though when they had been asked about it by someone else in an email, they responded with (paraphrased) 'its not possible/supported', but, they could have been wrong too... even if it is their own product
May 30, 2007 8:56:34 PM

Considering any customer support in this country is technically outsourced, I wouldn't be surprised. Most of the call center support is incompetent for the major PC electronics brands in this country.
June 2, 2007 5:27:56 AM

Quote:
you can pretty much use any 2, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1 etc digital amplifier/receiver to connect to your pc... as long as it has proper amount of analog rca inputs on it, or has a digital optical toslink input or digital coaxial input on it (but, pretty much just about any current receiver could be used, TBH, anywhere from under $100 and up)

(heres an example of new receivers at bestbuy, for as cheap as $120 for a 6.1)
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=cat03031&typ...


Connecting an X-Fi to a digital amplifier through a digital cable will cause games to be played in stereo mode

WHAO!! Crash... Havnt seen you in a long time! 8O
June 2, 2007 5:46:17 AM

Hey clob, I post at least three times a day!
June 2, 2007 10:34:25 PM

LOL... Im just blind :?
July 5, 2007 12:29:18 AM

so which soundcard would u guys recommend?
July 6, 2007 6:21:20 AM

Depends, are you going to use 6-channel-direct or digital coax/optical?
July 6, 2007 6:23:10 AM

I guess digital...
July 6, 2007 6:45:03 AM

I would suggest the Chaintech AV-710 if your needs are just music and movies.

If you want surround sound gaming you'll need a soundcard that can do Dolby Digital Live or DTS Connect real-time encoding - it takes the encodes the surround sound in games (which is not in a digitally compressed form) and encodes them into a format that a receiver or decoder can recognize. Look at Blue Gears or Turtle Beach as the more popular manufacturers of these cards.
July 6, 2007 6:55:04 AM

thankyou you're comments are very useful

which one do you think would be better?


turtle beach montego or bluegears b-enspirer
July 6, 2007 7:26:32 AM

No idea, can't help you there. You should do some homework and google up AV forums where users have experience with this sort of thing.
July 6, 2007 9:04:41 AM

the Auzentech X-fi Prelude is probably the one to wait for (it should be out by late july, at around $200 though)... it has all the main features of an x-fi, 64mb xram, up to eax 5 and cmss support, etc (because creative licensed the technology out finally), offers DDL and DTSC soon through driver updates, so you can have discrete surround over a digital connection (the realtime encoding algorithms i would imagine have been improved some again too, over whats currently available, so sound quality should maybe see an improvement)... future support for HDMI 1.3 and its supported features... and is running on physically superior and even upgradable hardware (front opamps can be upgraded again for further improved front channel quality), so the analog fidelity is better yet again than currently available x-fi's

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/audio/1451-auzen-x-fi-pr...
July 6, 2007 9:03:46 PM

nice, but the thing is the home theater sytem i'm planning to buy costs me around $300 and i don't think that buying a $200 card for it is worth it lol.
July 7, 2007 2:31:13 AM

If you are that budget limited you ought to just get something like a Chaintech or stick with onboard until you've got the budget for a better audio system.
July 11, 2007 6:59:49 AM

I promise you, Audio systems, (once you get hooked) will eat up your budget in no time.

!