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Connecting pc audio to str-de898

This may be a silly question so hopefully the answer is simple :)

I am trying to connect my PC audio through the amplifier to my speakers (standard output; 3.5mm stereo to 2 RCA plugs) . I can get the sound to work but only in 'Phono' and not in 'video 1' or 'dvd' etc. The sound doesn't work when the amp is set to 'analog direct'. The problem is the sound quality is **** (not only at high volumes either). This is especially the case for bass. It isn't a problem with the amp or speakers as the wii (left and right rca connection) and DVD player (optical cable) produce perfect sound quality. I have tried two separate sound cards on the computer so I don't think this is the problem.

Any help would be great. I have previously had a computer setup and it worked fine (worse computer and sound card also) but I can't remember how/what settings I had it working with. I moved house so had to dismantle everything. Thanks

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You're close. PHONO is NEVER the place to send Line Level signals. It is for the small output produced by a phono cartridge only. Google RIAA equalization to see why it sounds so bad when connected that way.

That you get sound through Phono at least proves your PC is producing an output. Now we have to figure out why your RECEIVER doesn't sense the program where it should be connected.

If you have another analog audio source that works on the receiver, temporarily connect the PC audio there to see how it sounds. Then think about why it doesn't work in MD/TAPE, SA-CD/CD, TV/SAT, DVD, or either Video IN. Any of those should work.

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