Firstly, apologies for the cross-post - I wasn't sure where to post.
I am about to buy a Dolby Digital receiver which has both coaxial and
optical digital inputs for Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. I am
wondering, if I hook this up to my SB Live 5.1 card, using the digital out,
will I get proper 5.1 sound? I will use it basically for DVDs (where I will
want the 5.1, definitely) and music (where I am happy to use the 2ch and the
receiver can "up-mix" it to 5.1). The receiver I'm thinking of getting
doesn't have discrete, 5.1, analogue inputs so I am worried that if I get
this receiver and can't use the digital connectivity, I will be totally
stuck because I won't even be able to use 3 3.5mm-2xPhono leads to connect
in analogue. So... will it work? From reading on the web, I see a lot of
conflicting reports. Will I need to use certain DVD programs?
What I am hoping is that the digital output from the soundcard is just 2
channel whenever it has only 2 channels, and 5.1 whenever it has a 5.1
source. Don't know if this is wishful thinking.
Thanks for any help,