Ok, but my question for now is, well first lemme tell you my choices:
1. Soundblaster audigy 2 zs Digital output > Mini to RCA Adapter (cost, $1.99) > Monster Cable (cost, $30-something, ten years ago) > Digital port on DMC-1 running as "Digital, Stereo"
2. Soundblaster audigy 2 z Analog output 1 (front speakers) > Cheap mini to rca cable (cost, $2.99) > Left and right analog in on DMC-1 set as "Analog, Source Direct"
Source direct has no processing at all and "the shortest signal path". Stereo has some processing, that includes distances other stuff.
The question is what should give me the better sound in this situation? A good digital cable with processing, or a crappy analog cable with no processing?
Whats the difference in sound to me? Well, I keep doing a/b tests and the only difference I can really hear is the Analog is louder. I don't think I hear a difference in quality.... and according to everyone who buys expensive cable, my 30 dollar cable should sound better than my 3 dollar cable :)
I guess I could buy a better analog cable to keep everything constant, but whats better for music, digital or analog, keeping in mind that you can ONLY have no processing if you use analog?
Oh by the way, for all you that have heard my complaining about my 25ís, I am getting new crossovers from polk :)