I think I'm understanding what's going on with my setup now, but I was hoping someone could confirm a few things. I have a DVD-A of Beck's Sea Change that I have ripped onto my HDD with Foobar. It wasn't playing smoothly from the disc, so I decided to rip it onto my HDD to see if that would help. It did, and now it is playing smoothly. Here's what I'm not sure of: I had a DVD player with multichannel analog outputs, which is now dead. Before it died, I had a chance to listen to the Beck DVD-A the way it was intended, and it sounded phenomenal. You could tell that there was a different, separate signal being sent to each channel. I'm assuming that because I am running the signal out of my computer via a coaxial digital cable, that I cannot achieve more than 2 channels at 24/96 (or in this case 88.2-that's what the Sea Change DVD-A is). If I use analog cables going into the multichannel inputs on my reciever, I should be able to get the 24/96 to all 5.1 channels and get the full DVD-A quality, correct? The only problem is that I use ASIO drivers with Foobar, which from what I understand, can only be used for output with the optical/coaxial digital cables. So basically I just want to confirm that these are my options:
1. Listen to the DD/DTS track that comes on the DVD-A, so that I can bypass the Windows kernel mixer and still get the 5.1 mix. Obviously not ideal because it's lossy.
2. 2 channels of 24/96 digital sound via the coaxial cable into my receiver while bypassing the windows kernel mixer with ASIO.
3. 5.1 channels of 24/96 analog sound via 3 separate 1/8" mini stereo to RCA cables from the analog outputs on my sound card into the multichannel input on my receiver, while having no choice but to go through the windows kernel mixer.
Correct? If so, this raises a few more questions:
1. Which do you suggest is best? I'm going to compare myself, but any opinions on the subject are appreciated.
2. Can I get the best of both worlds (bypass Windows kernel mixer and get 24/96 in 5.1 channels) if I get a HDMI audio card such as the ASUS HDAV? Are there any other sound cards that will do this?
3. If so, how would my receiver handle that signal? I suppose it would just show up as PCM, except it would be 5.1 as opposed to the usual 2.0, correct?
I'm not looking to upgrade my sound card any time real soon either way, but it would be nice to know that I'll have the option when I build a new system a couple years from now.
Sorry for reviving a thread that's been dead for a while, but I really just need a little reassurance that I'm on the right track here. Thanks for any and all responses/info.