i have logitech z906 speakers however i want to step up pc audio in the following department. i also have Yamaha NS-SP1800BL 5.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker System that I have not used yet. I am also covered in the headphone department as i have sennheiser hd598, klipsch x10i, beyerdynamic dt 880, and a few other high end headphones.
Main goal is to have the best support for dts, dolbly digital, dolby headphone, all or most of the other dolby / dts features (sorry there are so many things regarding sound formats that sometimes my brain explodes), to watch movies with 5.1 or eventually 7.1 sound and other important thing is to be able to game on pc at 2560 x 1600 (which I already do and as of now I believe only a dvi-d cable can do this - which does not transfer audio)
1) i have 5.1 yamaha speakers that i want to use with a receiver with a pc. can anyone recommend a good 7.1 receiver? if the receiver has dolby headphone mode that would be good as well. i would like to spend under $300. i have amazon prime and live in FL (free shipping no tax hopefully i can stay under $300 or $350 at the most).
1.5) I might buy 2 speakers for 7.1 sound, which speaskers would be good with the yamahas and do most pc games support 7.1 sound or how do you know if the game does.
2) from what i have been told is that hdmi will carry over your 1080p and full surround sound in one cable (gives better sound than optical or coaxial cables). here is my problem (a good problem) i use dvi-d cable out of my gtx 680 for 2560 x 1600 gaming, with that set up what should i be connecting the pc to a receiver with for the the best sound? should i go with optical, coaxial, can hdmi only do audio if you want, something else........? sorry extremely confused.
3) would a sound card benefit me in my situation of wanting to use a receiver or is it useless? what is a good sound card if i should get one (i used to use a claro plus card but it does not fit in my new motherboard - asus z77 sabertooth )
4) if i want excellent headphone sound for gaming and possibly videos, should i plug into the reciever, the pc, or buy a separate amp that plugs into the pc, or use a separate amp that plugs into the receiver?
thanks for your help