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How to take 7.1 pre-outs from HTPC to AVR?


My AVR (Pioneer Elite 47TX) cannot decode the modern DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD formats. I am otherwise very happy with this unit. Rather than spending money on replacing it, I would like to explore options which would allow me to send decoded signals as 7.1 "pre" outs from my HTPC, that I could then feed to 7.1 pre-in's of my AVR.

What would be a good economical way to obtain 7.1 pre-outs from HTPC while playing movies etc through video players like VLC, PowerDVD, etc?

Thanks very much.
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if your mother board has 7.1 analog audio out, you just connect them (with appropriate cables). Otherwise, you will have to purchase a soundcard that that has the 7.1 analog out. Keep in mind, when you use 7.1 pre-in on your AVR, all processing including bass management will be bypassed. You are solely dependent on your PC to do bass management.
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You will eventually want a separate sound card, not the on-board audio output. A sound card will be superior to the analog audio outputs on any motherboard. Except for bitstreaming, on-board audio on motherboards are very noisy and sound inferior.
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