Originally Posted by clenathan
OK, I've read through this thread in addition to others and am still confused about hooking my HTPC to my receiver (I'm also new to the HTPC thing).
I have a SB Audigy 4 sound card with an Radio Shack Phono to 1/8" adapter plugged into the digital i/o and a digital coaxial cable running from that to the back of my Pioneer receiver. First off, I'm not sure this is the correct adapter so that may be the problem.
I have Creative Mediasource installed and in the Creative audio panel I have the decoder marked as passthrough. When playing a DVD via VLC, the Dolby Digital symbol does not light up when the audio output, in VLC, is labeled as 5.1. If I change the audio output in VLC to S82/SPDIF the Dolby Digital symbol on my receiver DOES light up but the sound is horrendously choppy and unlistenable.
So, from what I've told you, do I not have the proper connection (wrong adapter?) or do I possibly have an incorrect setting. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.
I have a Pioneer A/V Receiver hooked up the same way to my Audigy 2 ZS
and it works well with Windows XP. I don't need the xtra Creative box or
a special cable. I definitely get clear 5.1 sound with my HDTV comp tuner
or playing DVDs on the comp.
I definitely had to mess around with the AV receiver to get it all to work right.
Set everything..both in Creative and windows to SPDIF passthrough so your
receiver does the conversion.
I had to read my manual for my receiver and experiment. My receiver works
best when set to extend surround on all sources. This matrixes stereo
for music and has several choices.
Just try different settings. Mine works set to Dolby PL and surround on.
You would think this would leave plain old stereo alone but it seems to
know when it's decoding Dolby or just plain PCM and it does the surround
either way. (Dolby has better surround..plain PCM has good surround for
music without sounding intrusively worse)
If you have Vista good luck..it's gotten better but I still hate it and the big
reason my dual-boot comp runs XP mostly.