Hi guys, not sure if this is the right forum but any help is appreciated.
I currently have a living room setup as follows Onboard PC sound -> (toslink cable out) -> Yamaha receiver 5.1 setup -> crappy HTIB Yamaha cube speakers and a semi decent sub
The problem with this setup is if I am watching 2.0 (stereo) movies (usually action movies or movies with loud sound effects) the dialoge is very low and a bit muffled, and the action scenes and other effects are super loud. I use the mode on my receiver "Direct Stereo" which I presume limits it to just 2 channels (and the Sub I think) so I know it is not a center channel issue which is something I read online when I tried to research it.
When watching 5.1 streams or retail DVDs with Dolby Digital or DTS, it sounds a lot better. The reciver can encode DD or DTS, however my onboard sound does not have those options.
Basically Im not sure if it is just the speakers are crappy or it has something to do with not being able to enable pass through as an option on VLC player, so the onboard is doing the DAC conversion and then just passing that through the Toslink? Sorry I am no expert on this but I cannot seem to find any answers online.