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If your TV has standard stereo analog audio outputs, then you can just get a 3.5mm stereo to RCA stereo Y cable. This will get you 2-channel audio. In order to do multi-channel audio you will need an external decoder. If I'm not mistaken, you received a 5.1 or 7.1 analog audio cable with which you used to connect a SoundBlaster PC audio card to the subwoofer module. Creative sold an external multi-channel decoder ( DDTS-100 ) years ago that would allow you to connect stuff like DVD players, etc. to the decoder, which used that 7.1 cable to connect to the S700.
Since the S700 has four inputs for the 7.1 cable, you SHOULD be able to rig something up with FOUR of the Y splitters and a receiver with amplifier pre-outs. Marantz is your cheapest alternative for a receiver with pre-outs. This is usually a high-end option for those that want to add more power via external amps. Something like a Marantz SR5007 can be had refurbished at Accessories4less for around $500. The cables will be $3 to $7 each depending on quality and length.
The only real problem you might encounter is figuring out which channel is left or right. The test tones built into the Marantz receiver will help you get those connected right. Having a receiver will also allow you to connect everything to the receiver and use that as the center of your system instead of hooking everything up to the TV. The TV will only need a single HDMI connection from the receiver and all sources would connect to the receiver via whatever cabling is required. The Marantz is a networked receiver so you can even stream stuff from the internet ( Amazon, YouTube, NetFlix ) or your PC.
Denon AVR X7200WA, Emotiva XPR-5, Emotiva XPA-7, Sony XBR 75" 850C, Oppo UDP-203, Roku Ultra.
DefTech BP7000SC (L/R), CLR3000 (C), SM55 (FH), UIW BPZ/A (SB), UIW 75 (TM).
JBL L7 (Sur), EoSone RSR 350 (RH).
PC 2.1 setup. Emotiva Stealth 6, SVS SB16-Ultra sub, Emotiva DC-1 DAC.