Is it possible to take the digital audio from the back of the DVD drive and send it to your receiver via coax cable? I don't think so, or people wouldn't be getting fancy sound cards, but I'm curious anyways.
You can only get standard PCM CD-Audio output from actual CDs (not DVDs as far as I know) this way. Also, this is likely a 5-volt TTL DC-coupled signal, not the 1-volt or less AC-coupled signal that is the standard for coaxial S/PDIF connections.
So what is the cheapest sound card that will pass digital without any degradation (shouldn't be any as its digital) and not too much fuss and muss. Why would I want 5.1/6.1/7.1 decoding in a sound card? My AV receiver does that. I think I was under the fales impression that you needed to have a 5.1 etc sound card to do HTPC. This is of course, using a DVD drive in the PC. I have one but my main plan is to pass only interlaced video into my PC. Just want to know how to do it the HTPC way since I may want to compare etc.
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