How do I get 5.1 channel audio from my Laptop to my 5.1 Dolby surround receiver? The receiver only got a S/PDIF optical and coaxial input and my Laptop doesn't have an S/PDIF out.
I'm looking to buy an external S/PDIF out supported USB sound card. Which should deliver direct 5.1 channel digital audio signals to the receiver.
What is the best way to connect the laptop to the receiver?
After some research I've found several sound interfaces (external sound cards) Which promise to have various mind blowing technologies, Like HD sound, True HD, etc. And higher bit rates (24Abits), Higher sample rates (32KHz, 40KHz, 44KHz, 48KHz, 192kHz, etc) And the Prices are vary depend on Brand name to features.
(Above links can be expired in shorter period due to those are product listings from out side web sites. However for future references, Link 1 targets a cheap noname chinese product. Link2 targets a higher price Asus Xnoar U series product)
Since my only requirement is to get my Laptop digital audio to the home theater receiver:
- Should I worry about sample rates and bit depths?
- Should I worry about those hardware's inbuilt technologies like, Dolby decoding on that hardware?
- The receiver does decode only 5.1 Dolby. So if I'm looking to play medias which encoded in Dolby True HD, THX, DTS, Can I use this particular encoding supported sound and direct the digital output to the receiver?
- Should I worry about these capabilities which above sound cards have at all? 5.Except the durability and the trustworthiness, should I worry about the brand names? Can I go with a Chinese NONAME cheap sound card?