HTPC sound questions
I am an HTPC newb, but have lots of experience with PC's. Anyway, I ordered an HP Elite M9000T with the following specs:
Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processor E6550 (2.33GHz)
3GB DDR2-667MHz dual channel SDRAM (2x1024,2x512)
512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT, TV-out, DVI-I, HDMI
500GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive
Blu-ray / HD DVD player & Lightscribe SuperMulti DVD burner
ATI TV Wonder external digital cable tuner + internal TV tuner
Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio
It is going to be used strictly as an HTPC, no gaming at all.
My current JVC receiver is setup in a 5.1 configuration for playing DVD's and watching TV.
My question is this, the soundblaster does not appear to have any type of digital audio to plug into my JVC receiver. The motherboard of the PC appears to have a coaxial connection for audio. My current PC has a Fortissimo III 7.1 with digital outputs. Should I use the connection on the motherboard to plug into the receiver, or should I take the Fortissimo out of my PC and put it in the HTPC, or should I just get some analog 5.1 speakers and plug them into the soundblaster?
Then, is setting up Vista MCE to use the receiver pretty straight forward? I have been using analog my entire PC career, so it was pretty much just plug them in and away you go.