Analog vs. SPDIF vs. HDMI - for 7.1 Surround
So, my setup is -
AVR-Denon X8500H, having digital in, hdmi in and analog 7.1 in free.
Movies and Music player: Windows 10 PC with Asus Essense STX II soundcard that is having 7.1 analog + digital SPDIF outputs.
Video Card: Gigabyte 2080 TI with HDMI out
Speakers: 7.1 setup - 2 fronts, 2 high fronts, 1 center, 2 sides and 1 sub (Monitor Audio Silver)
I really prefer to connect my PC video card straight to the TV and not to the receiver (long story, can be discussed why in a different thread).
Doing so, I've been left with either connect the SPDIF cable from the sound card to the X8500H or get high quality RCA cables to analog connect the sound card to the receiver.
Will the analog 7.1 connection will give a better overall quality in music and movies playing? will it be able to decode new movies with Atmos and such? If not, i will have to give up the HDMI direct to TV connection or to use an SPDIF which i already aware is not supporting all decoding and music quality as analog connection.
Any tip is appreciated, thanks!