I have just gotten a Mac Mini 2011 model and have installed windows 7 on it. Previously I have had the sound card decode the multi channel sound and used my ageing amp as a power amp only. The mini does not sport analog connections for 6 channels, so I have resorted to use a toslink to the amp and let it decode dts/dd. Setting up the sound in control panel does not go well, as when I test the dts and dd, the sound for the center and rear speakers comes out of the main speakers. Same problem in WMC. The subwoofer works fine. I have tried with sharks007 and set it up to pass tru but it does not help. My amp is not an advanced one and the speakers rear and center work fine when fed an analog signal to the amp.
Should I bust buy an external sound card with discrete analog outputs? Which?