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PC to Home theatre AMP will i need a sound card?

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July 28, 2011 3:51:12 AM

I'm getting an ASUS p8z68 mother board and my new PC will be hooked up to a 5.1 surround home theatre amp. Will i notice much if any difference in sound quality with the onboard sound v's a dedicated sound card? Does this matter when I’m running to an amp anyway?

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July 28, 2011 4:14:42 AM

With a digital connection like HDMI
you really wouldnt notice a difference unless you had an extremely expensive system (> $1000)
even then probably not
sound cards are great when you are using analog connections but
with digital the receiver can handle the decoding
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July 28, 2011 4:26:18 AM

My amp is a little old and doesn't have a HDMI input, has a single coaxial digital input that i run my LCD TV into it with at the moment.
Will this still matter or can i get the sound to run HDMI to the TV (is my monitor) and then back to the amp through coaxial?
Am i just going to long way around things that way and degrading the sound?
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a b V Motherboard
July 28, 2011 5:28:09 AM

as long as it works then you are fine
it is a digital signal so distortion shouldnt be a worry
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July 28, 2011 5:30:08 AM

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July 28, 2011 5:30:13 AM

cool thank heaps
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July 28, 2011 4:07:10 PM

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