Hi all, just a few questions regarding connecting my PC to my Yamaha rx-v1900.
I have just upgraded from a Yamaha rx-v1400 to a yamaha rx-v1900 . the reason i did this was i was offered the 1900 for a ridiculous price, so i could not turn it down .. the main 'advantage' of it is the inclusion of HDMI.
as the yamaha rx-v1400 does not have HDMI , i was running optical (SPDIF) from my PC's onboard sound to the yamaha receiver. I was advised that i did not need a sound card and to let my amplifier handle all of the processing. So i ditched my sound card (was using 5.1 output via RCAs to the multi channel input section on the rx-v1400) and ran optical from the PC to the amplifier.
Now that i have HDMI on the amplifier, and my graphics card has HDMI output (which i currently run from the PC direct to my Panasonic LCD) .. should i just connect this to one of the Yamaha rx-v1900's HDMI inputs ? the PC will pass the sound via HDMI, as as its digital its simply a passthrough like the optical, and wont do any processing and let the Yamaha handle it ?
Im also assuming this will pass the video signal from the PC to the amplifier too, which it will pass to the TV.
Or should i be looking at getting a high end sound-card again, using multi-channel output from the soundcard to the amplifier.
Or, do i find a soundcard that has an HDMI output ?
im running myself round and round in circles trying to figure out the best way to do this.
from research (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1386603/sound-card-vs-hdmi-output
) it seems i am confirming what i thought about a soundcard with hdmi vs my video card's HDMI output .. is that digital is digital and is just straight passed to the Yahama AVR to process ..
so ..to clarify
1) HDMI via sound card will be the same as HDMI from the graphics card
2) Will multi channel output from a dedicated sound-card be any better than HDMI from the graphics card ?
3) I only need the one HDMI cable from the PC to the Yamaha AVR for both video and audio .. i am viewing the answer to this as yes, with the understanding that it would be the same as hooking up a ps3 or blu-ray player to the Yamaha AVR..
If need be, i am happy to purchase a high end sound card to obtain the best sound, if multi channel input from a soundcard will give me better sound.
Current hardware :
AVR : Yamaha RX-V1900
Speakers : Paradigm Studio 60 Front pair+ Paradigm Signature c3 v1 Centre + Yamaha subwoofer . no rear stage yet (will purchase later in the year)
Video card : nvidia GTX780
Sorry for the confusing order of this post, i have thrown it together while at work!
Its all a very exciting time for me, as i have just recently purchased the Paradigm speakers, and they are blowing me away in terms of quality. i am looking to throw some more power at them, which is being discussed in another thread.
Thank you for your time reading this, and i appreciate any input ! :-)