I've been doing some thinking about my signal chain lately... I think i have at least one weak link... I have pretty decent audio equipment, and i like to consider myself an amateur audiophile, so how can i fix this?
A pic says a thousand words, so here's a diagram of my setup:
The HTPC is almost exclusively my source for everything. FLAC, Spotify, Movies, Games, TV, etc. We turn the cable box on about once a week.
The computer just has a decent gaming style graphics card with HDMI Out. That's where all the sound and video comes from.
Then it goes to the TV. The TV does the Digital to analog work, then send it out on RCA's to the receiver that i'm using for a pre-amp, then to my amp.
I assume this is less than ideal... but i'm not sure why. I should probably get something better in the line to do the digital to analog work for the sound right? Perhaps a better sound card for the computer? Then I could just set the audio from the sound card to go straight to the receiver, and the video will continue to go out through the HDMI?