Originally Posted by MagnaCumLaude
I was wondering how one would go about connecting a PC to a Receiver. My laptop has an HDMI port and a SP DIF port and the receiver has these inputs. http://usa.denon.com/Assets/Images/Products/AVR-1513/c26-B007R8U5VM-2-l.jpg
Will either of these work? I would prefer just using an HDMI cable to connect but I don't have a clue.
Also, which would produce the best sound quality.
I'm assuming this connection is for speakers, not headphones?
If your laptops audio features do not include DDL (Dolby Digital Live) or DTS-connect. your S/PDIF can only do 2-channel audio.
DDL & DTS-connect would allow you to sent 6-channels (5.1) of compress (24-bit/46Khz) audio thru the S/PDIF connection.
For just 2-channel audio (like music), I do not think you would hear any difference between S/PDIF and HDMI.
For surround sound for gaming and movies, the HDMI is better, HDMI can carry up to 8-channels (7.1) of uncompressed (24-bit/192Khz) audio
So just run HDMI from the laptop's HDMI output to any of the Denon's HDMI inputs, then I'm assuming your running HDMI from the Denon to a monitor/TV.
Then make sure your laptop's is set for HDMI audio output in the windows control panel > in the "sound" section > in the playback tap.