I have recently upgraded my speakers and thus would like to hear some recommendations from you of how I should set up my HTPC to get the best possible audio experience.
I have my HTPC which is running Vista. I am using Winamp to play back my music but will, however, change this if any other options are better.
I have the HTPC connected to my surround-receiver in two ways currently, but I wish to only use one of the options:
1) Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1 connected with 3x analogue minijack - RCA cables. Connected to Pre-in on receiver.
2) Onboard soundcard (Realtek HD on Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H) connected with TOSlink to optical in on receiver.
I have two front speakers and a powered subwoofer connected to my Marantz SR8500 surround receiver.
My dream is to be able to:
1) Play video media (mainly DVDs and x264) with 2.1 sound. I want to utilize all the fancy sound formats.
2) Play audio media (mainly FLAC, but also still some MP3) with 2.1 sound. This is the part I have had trouble with so far. I cannot get my subwoofer to help my speakers with the LFE. Again, I wish for the highest possible quality.
Please, any recommendations, experiences, thoughts are more than welcome.
Thanks in advance.