Originally Posted by m_vanmeter
I think you may be approaching the problem the wrong way. If you have a 2.0 or 2.1 speaker system, then you should not be setting your soundcard to drive more than two channels of audio (stereo). If you send stereo to the receiver, but only have two speakers attached, then do not use the multi-channel matrixed simulated soundfields that expect to produce output for speakers you do not have.
Or am I mis-understanding your question ????
Ah, I think you understood my question correctly and that I'm just in a world of confusion which I suspect is largely due to my own ignorance and obsessive compulsiveness!
I suppose I thought that the configuration would be ideal sending all data to the AVR and then letting the AVR handle the dispersion of sound based on how it is configured.
At this point, my sound card isn't doing much of anything other than sending a DTS stream to the AVR. What is interesting is that the DTS stream appears to be 5.1 and if I use the software to "test" the speakers there is an attempt at the spacial sound reproduction for the C, LS, and RS.Answer 1:
Clearly the "system input" should be 2 CH.
Moving on from that, should I be sending the DTS stream or should I be sending a PCM stream (limited to 96 kHz as that's all my AVR is capable of receiving -- even though the card can output 24 bit 192 kHz)?
Also, I suspect that I should have the AVR mode set to "Stereo" as opposed to the "Standard" mode which (if I'm not mistaken) enables 5.1?
Regarding speaker size, I know the size affects the signal to the SW. These speakers have huge 15" bass drivers with a passive. I've always felt I've been unable to get much bass out of them though. I read somewhere on this forum that setting your speakers to "small" was the ideal option and then set the x.over to 50, 60, 80hz. I'm limited to 100hz. Any thoughts on that?
I'll be reading a few AVR configuration articles today to learn more and hopefully figure out exactly what speaker distance does to the sound reproduction if anything, among other things.
I also need to figure out if I want to use my video card's HDMI audio if and when I upgrade my AVR or stick with my TOSLINK from the sound card. If I will be sending digital audio (and hopefully bit stream one day), I don't think the sound card matters much anymore.
This is what space I am dealing with: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/phot...eat=directlink