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How to connect AVR to PC


I'm using onkyo 807 connected with my PC via optical out of creative x-fi xtreme gamer sound card but I think I'm getting processed audio signal from my sound card so how can I feed unprocessed audio signal to my AVR so it can do all the audio processing.
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Re: How to connect AVR to PC

How did you know that sound is processed?
Which Operating system are you using?
Are you talking of movie sound only?
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I'm thinking that way cause I'm getting all the features and controls available from my sound card's own controller program as earlier without AVR and I'm very use to with sound generated by this ages old card and I'm not getting any significant improvement by hooking up Onkyo 807 AVR. The sound is very similar what I was getting without this AVR.

So am I feeding the AVR processed signal and I have to hook up AVR to PC some other way to get most out of my equipment please suggest.

I'm using Windows XP SP3 and I'm talking about movie and mp3 audio.
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Re: How to connect AVR to PC

If you add a ATI card,all process will be simple.
http://www.hifivision.com/home-theat...series-11.html
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Re: How to connect AVR to PC

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I'm thinking that way cause I'm getting all the features and controls available from my sound card's own controller program as earlier without AVR and I'm very use to with sound generated by this ages old card and I'm not getting any significant improvement by hooking up Onkyo 807 AVR. The sound is very similar what I was getting without this AVR.

So am I feeding the AVR processed signal and I have to hook up AVR to PC some other way to get most out of my equipment please suggest.

I'm using Windows XP SP3 and I'm talking about movie and mp3 audio.
Use kernel streaming and bypass Windows Kmixer.
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Re: How to connect AVR to PC

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Use kernel streaming and bypass Windows Kmixer.
Please elaborate.
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Re: How to connect AVR to PC

If you want to read what is Windows KMixer, see here KMixer

Now you would ideally want Windows not to fiddle/process the sound and sort of pass-through the original unprocessed audio to an external device (here your onkyo 807). To do this you have to use what is called Kernel Streaming (more about it here Kernel_streaming).

How to achieve it?
Use Foobar (foobar2000) as the audio player and use its Kernel Streaming plug-in (foobar2000: Components Repository - Kernel Streaming support).
Or you could also use Winamp (Winamp Media Player - MP3, Video, and Music Player - Winamp) as the player and use its Kernel Streaming plug-in (http://www.stevemonks.com/ksplugin/).

How to know if Kernel Streaming is working?
When you play something with the above players with the aforesaid plug-ins you will notice that you cannot control the audio with any Windows controls (volume, any DSP, etc). The whole unprocessed audio is passed to the external device.
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Re: How to connect AVR to PC

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I'm thinking that way cause I'm getting all the features and controls available from my sound card's own controller program as earlier without AVR and I'm very use to with sound generated by this ages old card and I'm not getting any significant improvement by hooking up Onkyo 807 AVR. The sound is very similar what I was getting without this AVR.

So am I feeding the AVR processed signal and I have to hook up AVR to PC some other way to get most out of my equipment please suggest.

I'm using Windows XP SP3 and I'm talking about movie and mp3 audio.

Surinder ,

What media player you are using ?. if you are using windows media player , only 11 or above version only have the support to send raw audio to receiver.

Other players
VLC player
Home cinema media player( open source... its best) - good for music/HD movies/DVD movies
Power DVD player - good for DVD movies/music playback

In these players you can choose the option to send the audio via the digital output and you should be able to set the bit rate. This matters for sound quality. Set the bit rate 32 or 48.

I have windows 7.. having the option in volume control intself to choose the default sound output.

I have a SIIG sound card has digital output connected to my amp via SPDIF.
And works well with these players.
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Re: How to connect AVR to PC

My sound card has digital out and I have connected my AVR to PC using it but I'm not sure if I'm getting processed or unprocessed audio please some one do let me know as one forum member on an other forum told me I'm getting unprocessed audio but then again if I'm getting it unprocessed then I shouldn't be able to control all the functions, features and effects of my sound card from my sound card controller program from PC like previously but I can. So what I'm getting right now?
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splash player is another good option.


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