Originally Posted by Cranky69
Well it will be in a small living room; about 12 x 12 and the Z-680 was rated as being the best PC speaker system around(at the time). The audio card outputs several different types; Optical, Coaxial, Hdmi, DVI to analog why would it only do DTS-HD Dolby TRUE-HD from the HDMI and not the other since the audio card itself is HDCP?
HDMI is the only way to send HD audio to the reciever/audio. There's no other way to get HD audio if your reciever or other audio device doesn't have HDMI. HD audio isn't much better than dolby digital or DTS but it is better.
My living room is 10x13 and I couldn't imagine using those speakers. They're designed to use in a small surround setup like a 6'x6' office cube or desk.
I have a similar 4.1 logitech system I use on my desk for listening to music and it sounds good but nothing compared to my Harman Kardon stereo. I'd think a cheap $300 HTIB (Home theatre in box) would be a lot better than these.