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Connecting a PC to a Receiver

Discussion in 'Computer Audio' started by magnacumlaude, Dec 29, 2012.
  1. MagnaCumLaude
    Hello Head-Fi,
    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.  
     
    Thanks Ladies and Gents, MCL
     
  2. PurpleAngel Contributor
    Quote:
    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.
     
  3. MagnaCumLaude
    Thanks for you help, 
     
    My father just gave me his old JBL speakers and a receiver!  I was really shocked that he let me use them.   To connect to the receiver I used my headphone jack (under the front speaker setting) to a RCA cable in the back of the receiver.  I also used my second headphone jack to output sound to a headphone amp and then headphones.  This setup is awesome!   Again, thank you for your help I have learned a lot through this website.  
     
    MCL
     

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