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SoundBlaster sound card and Kenwood Receiver

openujs
10-17-2005, 01:28 PM
I am trying to hook up VR-615 Kenwood 5.1 Receiver to PC SoundBlaster Live 24bit Sound card ( which supports 5.1). All I have for Receiver is 3 way cable ( Red-audio left, White-audio right, and Yellow - video), On Sound card I have 4 holes - Mic, audio in and out , not sure what the other hole is for.
So what cable or some kind of switch do i need to make this receiver (that plugs to 5-1 speakers) plugged in to my sound card??
By doing a research I concluded that I needed S/PDIF Coax-Optical cable. Do i just need that or something else? Any clues.

rggavhdf
10-17-2005, 05:20 PM
If your sound card doesn't have a optical in, you will have to buy a new sound card. You need an optical connection between the sound card and your receiver. You will also need optical inputs on your receiver. I had to buy a new sound card for my PC.

gollum
10-17-2005, 07:47 PM
If your SoundBlaster Live is similar to my old Audigy2 ZS, then maybe that "other hole" is the spdif-out... and you can get an adapter like this one (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10401&cs_id=1040109&p_id=680&seq=1&format=2&style=) and just use an RCA cable to conect it to your receiver.

RSawdey
10-17-2005, 11:14 PM
That's not SPDIF... it's only analog stereo.

smurfer
10-18-2005, 02:54 AM
I am trying to hook up VR-615 Kenwood 5.1 Receiver to PC SoundBlaster Live 24bit Sound card ( which supports 5.1). All I have for Receiver is 3 way cable ( Red-audio left, White-audio right, and Yellow - video), On Sound card I have 4 holes - Mic, audio in and out , not sure what the other hole is for.

I have the same receiver but using an audigy 2 card, your card does not have an spdif output afaik. And people that bought an aud 2 card were still kind of forced to still use their pc speakers due to the stupid 1/8 inch spdif creative put on the card. What you need is one of these (http://www.soundprofessionals.com/cgi-bin/gold/item/SP-DCC-2) but this was a couple years back, and you can get optical in todays sound cards, but if you do have an spdif on your card this cable will work and you can also acheive 96 Khz in DVD mode on your KW. There is also a hack the pins on the card have the digital out it's just a matter of finding which pins lead to where if you Google it there is a circuit diagram showing the soldering points using a gigabyte spdif optical. In the end your better off buying a new card and maybe not Creative check out the Catilina by Turtle Beach, it's not hardware driven but better drivers imho. There are other better sound cards out there you just have to find the one that suits you.

openujs
10-18-2005, 07:21 AM
Smurfer,
why wouldnot that spdif Digital coaxial -RCA Male cable work? I looked at the manual for Soundblaster Live sound card, the first hole ( for MIc and Amplifier), you can stick RCA Male and spdif Coaxial to My kenwood Receiver. Even the manual says if you have amplifier - go that route? I dont think I need optical port? what do you think? I want the opinion before I go to Radio shack and buy that cable.

openujs
10-18-2005, 07:35 AM
Also check out this website, it tells you there is spdif out port, not optical though. "SPDIF output up to 24-bit resolution at selectable sampling rate of 44.1, 48 or 96kHz"

http://www.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=1&subcategory=206&product=10315&nav=2

smurfer
10-18-2005, 01:17 PM
Oh if that's the case then just order the cable and your all set, i'm sorry I didn't research your card so I didn't know. Once you get the cable set your KW to DVD go into windows and set it to 5.1 and the same for your sounblaster spdif/pass through in Audio HQ, that's the switch for 96 Khz and our receivers support this neat little feature. When I play my mp3's I always go to 96 music just sounds better in stereo.

openujs
10-19-2005, 06:55 AM
Well, i went to radio shack and bought a pair of stereo RCA jack on one side, some kind of coaxial in the other, plug those in the receiver to my sound card. DID not work :) may be it is not the right cable, it is one of those Monster Stereo cable I guess. may be i needed spdif , Radio shack does not have it.