View Full Version : Soundblaster Live 5.1 TO Onkyo Reciever
11-15-2002, 01:30 PM
I am thinking about getting a cheap soundblaster live card to export 5.1 surround sound to my Reciever where it will distribute the channels to my speakers. Any suggestions for cables...or if it will even work??
here's a link to my potential card.
Soundblaster live 5.1 (http://www.soundblaster.com/products/sblive/)
"Easily connect to Creative Inspire 5.1 5700 Digital, 5300, and other Dolby Digital-ready 5.1 home theater systems "
Sounds like it would work, i think i just need an optical cable that can convert into whatever slot is on the back of those cards. (i have seen em, i just can't find em)
Yes it will work perfectly. My first introduction into audio was hooking up a Pioneer reciever to my SB live on the pc.
You dont need conversions at all kit whatsoever. Go to your radio shack and look for a cable with your typical analog in and out, and a connector which fits in the back for your pc.
haha Sorry, Im not a very technical person - someone else could probably give you the exact name of the cable.
Fear not, it will work perfectly...
11-15-2002, 02:38 PM
I have SoundBlaster Extigy hooked up to my Onkyo.....seemed to have the easiest setup...check out the system, all kinds of outputs and inputs, I can also use the Optical out from the Extigy to make direct recorings. Costs a littlie more,about $150.00 but is a very flexible unit.
Good Luck ...Peace, StuffMD
11-15-2002, 05:08 PM
I can already hook my pc up to my Reciever. My real problem is that i need a card that can output the Dolby 5.1 signal to my reciever. i don't need it to be decoded (thats what my reviever is for)
The method you're talking about is what i am currently using. But Analog cables can't carry a digital Signal (god bless Dolby Pro Logic 2 :) )
I have considered the Extigy (it looks super sweet and very flexible...) however, upon reading a customer review of the product this came up.
"There are only a few quirks with this thing (the Extigy) such as not being able to output 5.1 optically "
I find that weird because who really wants an expensive optical jack JUST for a clear signal... (i personally want that digital signal carrying 5.1...)
maybe he doesn't know what he's talking about?
STUFFMD, does your Extigy output 5.1 optically to your reciever allowing you to have dolby 5.1 with you pc Dvd's?
11-15-2002, 06:15 PM
audigy 2 with dvd audio capabilities. oh yeah baby!
11-17-2002, 07:09 PM
There is a dedicated Optical OUT on the front of the unit that I would (ASSUME) carries all 5.1. The reason I am not absolutely sure is that I use the plugs in the back...My computer is about 30 feet from my reciever and I wouldn't want to see the price of 30ft of optical, let alone try to find it...LOL. I am looking around for my manual, if I find it I will confirm info for you.
11-17-2002, 07:29 PM
Thanks for checkin for me. I have an idea...There are 5.1 audio Test clips (the clip says "front left, front right, center, rear left...etc...) If you are getting true Dolby 5.1 from your extigy, it should distribute each line to the appropriate speaker. You can download it somewhere or (from my experience) you can find something similar within your extigy software. It allows you to do what i mentioned above.
Thanks again for checking, (because if it goes well for you, I think i'll go w/ the extigy)
PS: I didn't check, but the first download looks like it may work.
11-17-2002, 09:54 PM
You might check at avsforums too. They have a home theater pc section that might have some advice.
11-18-2002, 07:11 PM
Haven't run the test yet but I did go to my manual and it shows several times the 5.1 setup through the optical line in front.I 'll see how the test comes out.
Akk, my apologies. I mis-understood what you were attempting to do. Best of luck to ya..
12-31-2002, 03:04 PM
I'm a bit late on the post here, but I just found it and haven't been a forum member very long.
I used to have an "original" SBLive w/ the daughter card that had a coax digital out that I hooked up to my Onkyo coax in. Tis was very sweet.
I then upgraded to the Audigy 2 thinking that it has a digital out as well, but it's got some sort of propriatary 3.5mm jack that I haven't figured out yet. I initially though that a 3.5mm mono adapter to female RCA w/ COAX digital interconnect would work, but I only get Front L/R channels to play.
I may have to call Creative to figure this out...
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