Originally Posted by iam1simpleguy
thx for your replies guys...i been waiting for someone to help.
I have Xonar d2x right now.. aint it sufficient?
And as u guys saying Blu ray player might make noise then i would say my 6950 CF gpu's already very noisy and moreover i enjoy watching movies on high volume.
I be watching movies on my PC LCD and goin to use Onkyo HTr390 .
As i mentioned earlier my only priority is SOUND..which ever gives better sound i will go for that.I dont care if blu ray players help me write data and nor im interested if Blu ray external player is beneficial in watching movies in TV also.Though i wanted to buy blu ray drive but my only doubt is that its sound might now be as good as blu ray player.So if u guys can confirm about the sound quality then that would really help me taking decision..
Sound quality is mainly determined by whatever is decoding the sound, either your home theater receiver or your sound card. If you are sending a digital signal, such as optical or coax, the bits are going to be basically the same no matter what device is sending them. Generally optical will have the best sound quality, because it isolates the receiver electrically from the source and therefore gets rid of any hum from the source end at least.
So, if you use a high quality receiver to drive your speakers, the best sound quality is going to be a standalone Bluray player with an optical cable. Though a computer with an optical output, and playback software that can send optical surround sound, will have the exact same sound quality. Same bits, same cable type, same decoder, same DAC, same amplifier, same speakers. No difference.