Ok I need some help guys. I think I've misunderstand how digital audio signals work. I see the great diagrams offered in this thread which indicate several 3.5" outputs can be split from a 5.1 surround card to make 5.1 sound.
I originally didn't think of it this way. Please let me know if this won't work or doesn't make sense, because I'm trying it now and it doesn't seem to work.
I am running the Digital Out from an Audigy card to the Digitial In of a Sherwood X-DTS80 Circle Sound processor. I was doing this thinking the discrete channels would be transmitted to the DTS processor and then it (the Sherwood via its independent outputs for 5.1 channels) would separate the sound properly. Then each of these outputs would go into a 6-channel amp, then to the speakers. I get NO sound at all. FYI I have the Digital Out settings in Windows set. The DTS is also seeing some form of digital signal because as soon as the Audigy card initializes the blinking "Digital 1" on the face of the DTS goes solid. I also tried this with "Digital 2" and same results.
I've tried setting the Windows to analog, then running a signal to one of the Analog In inputs on the DTS. Then to the amp and to the speakers. That works fine.
SO, is my theory that this should work wrong? I connect my digital Cambridge Soundworks speakers to my home PC via one cable. But, then again, the Sherwood is a different processor and the speakers are analog, not digital like the Soundworks speakers. FURTHERMORE (please bear with me ), is the idea of a Digital Surround Processor used along with a 5.1 surround card useless and redundant? I don't know. I didn't think so but maybe it is.
Anyway, here's a quick down and dirty diagram of what I'm doing. Please advise if I should just be using multiple (3) outputs from my Audigy and splitting them. Also please let me know if what I'm doing should or shouldn't work (Digital Out to Digital In). Thanks a ton guys.
One last sidenote: How does splitting an output accurately get translated to left/right? I guess I just don't get this. Or is the same signal sent to left/right and there is no true sense of each. Thanks again.