I have a 5/6 year old PC currently being used as my HTPC.
Looks great on the (4 year old) TV I have at the moment, which will be upgrade shortly if I can find the funds.
Part of the upgrade will be some Logitech Z906 speakers, which I have just purchased at £50 less than yesterdays price. My aging Creative iTrigue 5600 speakers have served me well over the last 6 years but are showing wear and tear. This got me thinking about optical output and if my PC even has an on-board out socket! However will optical out from the PC make any difference when each satellite will be connected with the standard cables?
Sound cards aren't expensive (I was thinking buy a £40 or less) but will one really improve the sound I get from the machine? At the moment it's good but nothing to blow my socks off. So I am thinking with a dedicated sound card, optical out (from the PC) and the new speakers will increase the quality but I am thinking the gains won't be worth the money.
Any ideas or advice?