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XPS 8930, best 5.1 audio to Onkyo Receiver?

Best audio quality to play music stored on XPS 8930 through Onkyo HT-R510 receiver?  My XPS has standard green 2.0 audio output; but also says it has 5.0 output jacks. Best way to play pc music with the Onkyo? Onkyo has various inputs including digital optical and digital coax plus standard stereo RCA inputs.  I have Roku 2XS which can play music through its app; but don't know where the source music is coming from with multiple PCs and a router server.

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Re: best connection 5.1 audio to Onkyo Receiver?

Most PC Optical/SPDIF is only 2 channel stereo.   Best to go analog. 

From the Dell setup the 3 audio jacks on the rear I/O panel are used for 5.1.

Front L/R surround line-out port (Left, light gray jack)
Connect audio-output devices such as speakers and amplifiers. In a 2.1 speaker channel setup, connect the left and right speakers. In a 5.1 or a 7.1 speaker channel setup, connect the front-left and front-right speakers.

Rear L/R surround port (Middle Black jack)
Connect audio-output devices such as speakers and amplifiers. In a 5.1 speaker channel setup, connect the rear-left and rear-right speakers.

Center/subwoofer LFE surround port (Right, Yellow, jack)
Connect the subwoofer.



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Re: best connection 5.1 audio to Onkyo Receiver?


@pdoyle35 wrote:

1. Best audio quality to play music stored on XPS 8930 through Onkyo HT-R510 receiver? 

2. My XPS has standard green 2.0 audio output; but also says it has 5.0 output jacks. Best way to play pc music with the Onkyo? Onkyo has various inputs including digital optical and digital coax plus standard stereo RCA inputs.  


1. Normally, I would say HDMI ... but the Onkyo HT-R510 is too old to support it. If this is a "Home Theater" setup, I would seriously consider upgrading this AVR.

2. I would go Optical or Coax SPDIF. That will give you :
- Digital PCM 2.1 channels (that can usually be matrix-ed out to a simulated 5.1 by the AVR) 
- Digital Bitstream 5.1 DD/DTS (like from a real DVD).

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Re: best connection 5.1 audio to Onkyo Receiver?

Optical gives the best sound.

https://www.amazon.com/Extractor-Splitter-Converter-Adapter-Support/dp/B06XW7HYBP

Otherwise you use USB to 5.1 and a bunch of analog cables.

https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Blaster-Surround-System-SB1095/dp/B0044DEDCA/

 

https://support.creative.com/manuals/welcome.aspx?prodID=20055&prodName=Sound%20Blaster%20X-Fi%20Sur...

 


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