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    Analog Audio Connection

    Hi guys,

    I'm looking to hook up my new PC build to my surround system (Logitech Z5500). I currently use an optical cable to hook my Xbox up to it.

    I was going to do the same for my PC, but I think analogue output is better? Is that true? If I was going to use analogue, what sort of cable would it require? I currently have one with 3x 3.5mm at each end, a green/black/orangey-yellow. Would that suffice for 5.1 surround?

    I would also be using a headset as well (at different times), which is 2x 3.5mm (mic/audio). Would that clash at all? I'd be using front panel connectors for that.

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    Re: Analog Audio Connection

    The Quality of the analogue will be down to the DAC on your soundcard/motherboard, if you're using onboard, optical or hdmi audio output is the way to go.
    It's the DAC on most motherboards that's the weak link from my understanding.

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    Re: Analog Audio Connection

    Ah okay, it'd be better to go onboard + optical as opposed to onboard + analogue? I'm trying to save some pennies, so a sound card would kinda stretch me slightly.

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    Re: Analog Audio Connection

    Optical is the way to go IMO.

    Tried analog from my motherboard to my Sony Receiver then I tried Digital and the difference is very noticeable.

    I've been told the clearer the bits the better, with analog its a messier wave form.

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