Please forgive my ignorance, but I'm curious as to whether I would be able to connect a home theater system that has a bluray player (or any type of device other than a traditional receiver) to my computer?
you want to use the theater as speakers for the computer. yes it is possible. If you have an optical port on your pc that would work. what the computer specs(model) that you are thinking about hooking up?
you can use hdmi. I use mine to watch movies I connect hdmi from ati graphics card to hdmi tv and the tv has the optical to the surround. you just have to make sure you select hdmi audio from the sound properties
I'm hooking that up to a computer I built myself to which I do not know (to my embarrassment) whether or not it has an optical port (or I guess it the motherboard? supports optical). I'll check when I get home.
What you guys are saying is if th pc has an optical port I can plug directly from pc to bluray player on home theater and if not, I can connect HDMI from computer to TV, and optical from TV to the Bluray player, and that should work, even though it's basically like a Bluray player functioning as a receiver?