Music from computer - suggestions please
I've hooked my PC up to my stereo receiver (Yamaha RXV459) to play music, with pretty disappointing results. I'm having trouble finding where the weak link(s) may be.
The soundcard is a SoundBlaster Live! Value card on an older model Dell PC. The connection is made using analog RCA cables with a Y adapter into the soundcard's FRONT speaker output. Should also note that the l+r analog cables are 25' long - the computer is in another room from the receiver. I have played around with the computer volume output, currently set to max, to get the best quality. All inputs are muted.
Resulting connection is a low volume, hissy, and muddy sounding mess.
So, now I have a number of questions:
Does the age of the computer matter? Just playing music.
Will upgrading the soundcard help? What about changing the output connection to digital (coax)?
Does the distance of the connection affect the sound quality?
Any suggestions would be helpful.