Thanks for the replys, I just want two channel sound for flac music, I want to pass digital sound so my receiver can do the analog to digital conversion. But i also want my headphones hooked up as well, i use them sometimes when its late.
I have an asus xonar DS.
Before I do this i have a question though, i have a short optical cable (i moved my pc closer to the receiver because its not long enough, i was just testing it though) anyway i hooked optical cable, it came with a 3.5mm to optical jack. I also had my headphones hooked in to the 2 channel analog jack, and the optical/spdif jack to my receiver, and sound came out of both. In the control panel it has a seperate spdif output connection, and a seperate analog. I check marked them both, and had them both output pcm, the spdif has a selection of dts interactive or pcm.
My question is, is this sound card outputting analog to my headphones, and digital to my spdif/optical cable? I would like for this to be the scenerio, but im not sure if it is. Can an optical cable even carry analog sound? If not then this is perfect. I also notice the spdif has a red light shining out of it.
I wanted it to simultaneously output analog to my headphones and digital to my receiver. Im wondering if i should just get an optical cable though to ensure it is digital, since i think coaxial digital can carry analog as well.
Someone please correct me if im wrong.