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    I'm trying to figure out the best way to connect my creative x-fi xtrememusic soundcard from my PC to my Onkyo SR806 in order to get the best quality sound from the mp3's on my computer to my speakers on the receiver. The PC and receiver are in different rooms, so the cable length, whatever type it will be, will be about 35 feet long, give or take. There are the outputs for the card:

    http://support.creative.com/kb/ShowA...aspx?sid=10635

    As far as I can tell, I have 3 options:

    1) Connect analogue from the line outs 1, 2, and 3 to the receiver for 5.1-7.1 sound.

    2) Connect (analogue?) line out 1 to the receiver.

    3) Connect digital from "FlexiJack" for "external digital audio devices that accept stereo PCM or compressed Dolby Digital/DTS Bitstream from the S/PDIF output."

    All the jacks are 3.5mm. From what I have read on various forums, option 3 with the digital signal can only be stereo, not 5.1 or better. But since I will be listening to music, is this a big deal? My other concern of course is the length. I do not know if that is an issue. Please help!

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    I would go with #3, sorta. BlueJeanCables carries a digital coax cable with a 1/8" plug on the end, which would bypass the POS flexyjack thing. But if you want to use optical, you're stuck with the flexyjack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Face View Post
    I would go with #3, sorta. BlueJeanCables carries a digital coax cable with a 1/8" plug on the end, which would bypass the POS flexyjack thing. But if you want to use optical, you're stuck with the flexyjack.
    If I want to use digital, I'm stuck with the FlexiJack. Why do you say it is a POS?

    Also, why do you recommend digital? What advantages does it confer?

    Thanks!

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    You could also look into a squeezebox.There are a few options if you do it this way also.Check it out and I would recomend getting a DAC too.Here is a link for info on a classic version. http://slimdevices.com/pi_squeezebox.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by fbm211 View Post
    You could also look into a squeezebox.There are a few options if you do it this way also.Check it out and I would recomend getting a DAC too.Here is a link for info on a classic version. http://slimdevices.com/pi_squeezebox.html
    That looks like it might be an option, but $300 compared to $10 for some cables is a big difference. Also, the squeezebox has a DAC and so does my receiver, so why would I need another one?

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    I just had a thought. If I stream music to my xbox 360 and then to the receiver (w/ hdmi connection) will I be getting the same quality if I ported straight from the computer (or with a squeezebox) to the receiver? Maybe that makes the most sense... thoughts?

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    Sorry about the mixup there on the DACs. I have just hear in a-lot of forums about people using the squeezebox to play music in there stereo gear.Some people say they run it into an outboard DAC and get better results.I have an Xfi fatality pro and have thought about doing what your thinking of doing.I tried to hook it up once and it sounded bad.That was using the analog outs though.Im going to try the digital out to my dac soon to see if thats any better. You should really try to talk to heiney9 about this as he knows a-lot about this and can tell you the best way to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twanto View Post
    I just had a thought. If I stream music to my xbox 360 and then to the receiver (w/ hdmi connection) will I be getting the same quality if I ported straight from the computer (or with a squeezebox) to the receiver?
    Yes, if you're talking about digital to the receiver all three ways, same quality. Except for the background noise of the 360's turbine...

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    Quote Originally Posted by twanto View Post
    I just had a thought. If I stream music to my xbox 360 and then to the receiver (w/ hdmi connection) will I be getting the same quality if I ported straight from the computer (or with a squeezebox) to the receiver? Maybe that makes the most sense... thoughts?
    I'm pretty sure anything streamed to the 360 has to be transcoded so its another step-For example, you'd be able to play FLAC encoded files, but you'd need some kind of front-end for it, such as TVersity, and it will have to transcode the audio to something the 360 understands. I'm not sure if any extra steps are required for mp3s though (such as via the standard support or via Media Center.).

    What level of sound quality are you looking for? As close to CD as possible? Or just a way to have some background/party music going. That will make a big difference on which path you take and how much money you spend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmadden28 View Post
    What level of sound quality are you looking for? As close to CD as possible? Or just a way to have some background/party music going. That will make a big difference on which path you take and how much money you spend.
    Well I suppose that is yet to be determined. I'm making my first foray into audio with a new pair of RtiA5's and a Onkyo SR806 receiver. I have most of my collection stored as "lossless" wma files. Are they as good as flac, I don't know. It's not going to be for background/party music, although that would be one application. I really enjoy my music and am really looking forward to hearing my stuff on some good speakers. If good speakers really expose the flaws of some of my music files, then I will strive to get better quality.

    If it is going from the xbox to the onkyo, is it the onkyo doing the DAC because it's hooked up through an hdmi connection? In the case of a squeezebox that can be digitally connected to the receiver, would the built in DAC be necessary since it can send a digital signal?

    If I wanted the best quality from my computer's lossless wma or even flac files, what would be the best way to get them to my receiver? What would I need to buy?

    Many thanks for all of your help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by twanto View Post
    I have most of my collection stored as "lossless" wma files. Are they as good as flac, I don't know.
    Lossless is lossless.

    If it is going from the xbox to the onkyo, is it the onkyo doing the DAC because it's hooked up through an hdmi connection?
    Yes.

    In the case of a squeezebox that can be digitally connected to the receiver, would the built in DAC be necessary since it can send a digital signal?
    No.

    If I wanted the best quality from my computer's lossless wma or even flac files, what would be the best way to get them to my receiver?
    Anything that keeps them digital to the receiver. The Squeezebox and 360 can both handle WMA lossless, some other devices don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEH View Post
    Anything that keeps them digital to the receiver. The Squeezebox and 360 can both handle WMA lossless, some other devices don't.
    Well then it sounds like as long as I don't mind the xbox360, my computer and receiver running at the same time, I don't need to worry about connecting my sound card to the receiver. That's good news! Now to make that 360 a little quieter.....

    Thanks everyone!

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