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    Default Connecting HTPC to AVR what RCA cables you are using?

    Do you guys care for the cables used between HTPC and AVR?
    Is it worth spending money on cables like MIT Shotgun RCA cables?

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    Depending on your setup and associated gear, I'd think that going out via HDMI would be the best option to get 1080p video, hi-res surround audio, and let the AVR do the D/A conversion on the audio.
    2-Channel:

    Source 1: PC
    Source 2: Rega Apollo CDP
    USB > SPDIF Converter: Stello U3
    DAC: Audio GD NFB-7
    Preamp: Audio Research LS-15
    Power Amp: BAT VK-500
    Speakers: Magnepan 3.7's

    HT:

    Source 1: HTPC
    Source 2: Oppo 103
    Pre/Pro: Marantz av8003
    Power Amp: Rotel RMB-1095
    Fronts: LSiM-705's
    Center: LSiM-704c
    Surrounds: LSiM-702's
    Subs: Dual SVS PC12-NSD's

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    Quote Originally Posted by falconcry72 View Post
    Depending on your setup and associated gear, I'd think that going out via HDMI would be the best option to get 1080p video, hi-res surround audio, and let the AVR do the D/A conversion on the audio.

    thanks for the reply
    I have Xonar essence sound card with a decent Dac processor on it so i am using the RCA outputs to make best use of my sound card and i only use stereo mode to play songs for HTPC.
    for movies i let my TV access the HTPC via DLNA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumerian View Post
    thanks for the reply
    I have Xonar essence sound card with a decent Dac processor on it so i am using the RCA outputs to make best use of my sound card and i only use stereo mode to play songs for HTPC.
    for movies i let my TV access the HTPC via DLNA.
    What kind of AVR? It will just come down to whether you like the DAC in the STX better than the DAC in the AVR.
    2-Channel:

    Source 1: PC
    Source 2: Rega Apollo CDP
    USB > SPDIF Converter: Stello U3
    DAC: Audio GD NFB-7
    Preamp: Audio Research LS-15
    Power Amp: BAT VK-500
    Speakers: Magnepan 3.7's

    HT:

    Source 1: HTPC
    Source 2: Oppo 103
    Pre/Pro: Marantz av8003
    Power Amp: Rotel RMB-1095
    Fronts: LSiM-705's
    Center: LSiM-704c
    Surrounds: LSiM-702's
    Subs: Dual SVS PC12-NSD's

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    Quote Originally Posted by falconcry72 View Post
    What kind of AVR? It will just come down to whether you like the DAC in the STX better than the DAC in the AVR.
    Its Onkyo TX NR 709

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumerian View Post
    Its Onkyo TX NR 709
    I think that Onk might give your STX a run for its money in terms of DAC sound quality. You just have to try it both ways and see what sounds better to you.

    If you end up still wanting to go analog out of the HTPC, then yes you should use decent cables. I think cable quality/price should be proportionate to the rest of the system, and MIT makes good cables at varying price points.
    Last edited by falconcry72; 08-25-2013 at 08:28 PM.
    2-Channel:

    Source 1: PC
    Source 2: Rega Apollo CDP
    USB > SPDIF Converter: Stello U3
    DAC: Audio GD NFB-7
    Preamp: Audio Research LS-15
    Power Amp: BAT VK-500
    Speakers: Magnepan 3.7's

    HT:

    Source 1: HTPC
    Source 2: Oppo 103
    Pre/Pro: Marantz av8003
    Power Amp: Rotel RMB-1095
    Fronts: LSiM-705's
    Center: LSiM-704c
    Surrounds: LSiM-702's
    Subs: Dual SVS PC12-NSD's

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    Quote Originally Posted by falconcry72 View Post
    I think that Onk might give your STX a run for its money in terms of DAC sound quality. You just have to try to both ways and see what sounds better to you.

    If you end up still wanting to go analog out of the HTPC, then yes you should use decent cables. I think cable quality/price should be proportionate to the rest of the system, and MIT makes good cables at varying price points.

    The reason i prefer HTPC to play songs is i have more flexibility i use Jriver media Player to play songs.

    If i use the onboard sound card vs Onkyo playing directly via DLNA ... i can clearly tell difference SQ through Onkyo is best.
    Now the difference is negligible to none with Onkyo still having little upper hand..
    yes you are right but the flexibility to create playlist and selecting the songs wil be easier through HTPC.

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    Your STX has a digital output, and it will send a signal through both outputs simultaneously, so you can hook it up via both digital and analog at the same time. Put on some music and then swith between inputs on the AVR to see which DAC you like better.
    Last edited by falconcry72; 08-25-2013 at 08:42 PM.
    2-Channel:

    Source 1: PC
    Source 2: Rega Apollo CDP
    USB > SPDIF Converter: Stello U3
    DAC: Audio GD NFB-7
    Preamp: Audio Research LS-15
    Power Amp: BAT VK-500
    Speakers: Magnepan 3.7's

    HT:

    Source 1: HTPC
    Source 2: Oppo 103
    Pre/Pro: Marantz av8003
    Power Amp: Rotel RMB-1095
    Fronts: LSiM-705's
    Center: LSiM-704c
    Surrounds: LSiM-702's
    Subs: Dual SVS PC12-NSD's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumerian View Post
    The reason i prefer HTPC to play songs is i have more flexibility i use Jriver media Player to play songs.

    If i use the onboard sound card vs Onkyo playing directly via DLNA ... i can clearly tell difference SQ through Onkyo is best.
    Now the difference is negligible to none with Onkyo still having little upper hand..
    yes you are right but the flexibility to create playlist and selecting the songs wil be easier through HTPC.
    You can still use the HTPC as you are now while using the digital output of the STX.
    2-Channel:

    Source 1: PC
    Source 2: Rega Apollo CDP
    USB > SPDIF Converter: Stello U3
    DAC: Audio GD NFB-7
    Preamp: Audio Research LS-15
    Power Amp: BAT VK-500
    Speakers: Magnepan 3.7's

    HT:

    Source 1: HTPC
    Source 2: Oppo 103
    Pre/Pro: Marantz av8003
    Power Amp: Rotel RMB-1095
    Fronts: LSiM-705's
    Center: LSiM-704c
    Surrounds: LSiM-702's
    Subs: Dual SVS PC12-NSD's

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    Quote Originally Posted by falconcry72 View Post
    Your STX has a digital output, and it will send a signal through both outputs simultaneously, so you can hook it up via both digital and analog at the same time. Put on some music and then swith between inputs on the ARV to see which DAC you like better.
    I didnt try the digital output from Sound card but i did use the digital out from on board Graphics card which didnt sound right (little shrill no smoothness).

    but if we bypass the dac on sounds card why bother for a sound card we can simply use the onboard sound card digital output and send it to receiver right?

    I think i need do a lot of trial and errors ...buy and sell lot of stuff until i find that sweet spot...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumerian View Post
    I didnt try the digital output from Sound card but i did use the digital out from on board Graphics card which didnt sound right (little shrill no smoothness)...
    Try it.

    but if we bypass the dac on sounds card why bother for a sound card we can simply use the onboard sound card digital output and send it to receiver right?
    Pretty much.

    I think i need do a lot of trial and errors ...buy and sell lot of stuff until i find that sweet spot...
    Yep and that's part of the fun!


    For PC audio, the connections I like are either wireless, HDMI, or USB. Digital coax or toslink audio outputs on PCs can inroduce jitter, which you experienced on your other card. The digital output on that STX is pretty good though, so that's one benefit of having a nice card even though you're not using its DAC.

    You are like me in that you like using the PC interface and media player, so wireless isn't really an option for us. If you are not satisfied with the digital output of the STX you could look into asynchronous USB>SPDIF converters.
    Last edited by falconcry72; 08-25-2013 at 08:58 PM.
    2-Channel:

    Source 1: PC
    Source 2: Rega Apollo CDP
    USB > SPDIF Converter: Stello U3
    DAC: Audio GD NFB-7
    Preamp: Audio Research LS-15
    Power Amp: BAT VK-500
    Speakers: Magnepan 3.7's

    HT:

    Source 1: HTPC
    Source 2: Oppo 103
    Pre/Pro: Marantz av8003
    Power Amp: Rotel RMB-1095
    Fronts: LSiM-705's
    Center: LSiM-704c
    Surrounds: LSiM-702's
    Subs: Dual SVS PC12-NSD's

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    Thanks Falcon.


    yes wireless doesn't cut it for me when comes to Audio.

    i will check out your suggestions

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    If you want, I have some MIT exp3 I can part with for cheap. Pm me if interested, I think they've been in my system a total of 30 minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSkip View Post
    If you want, I have some MIT exp3 I can part with for cheap. Pm me if interested, I think they've been in my system a total of 30 minutes.
    Thanks for the offer
    i will let you know, planning to get the shotgun s3's ... do you have any of those?

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