HTPC sound card recomendations

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  1. Jazz

    Jazz Powerhouse of the Scrum

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    Right now I have an old computer with just shitty onboard sound that I wanna make into a HTPC...here's what I have so far:

    Asus A7M266 which I bought back in '01:
    http://www.asus.com.tw/mb/socketa/a7m266/overview.htm
    Athlon 1.4
    ATI All-In-Wonder 9000
    2x256MB ram
    120gig HD
    DVD rom

    so far I've spent no money, but I need a sound card with digital out...I can go for an M-Audio Revolution 7.1 or I can get a new motherboard. Here's the links:

    http://www.ncix.com/products/index....facture=M-Audio
    vs.
    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=11124&vpn=A7N8X-E&manufacture=ASUS

    before anybody starts freaking out, remember prices are in canadian dollars

    The benefits of the sound card are great sound quality.

    The advantage of the mobo is I also have lying around another 1.2 gig athlon, 256MB stick of ram, an old 60gig hard-drive, and a case w/300W PS so I'd only be a cd-rom drive away from another decent computer...even if I have no idea what I'd do with it. Plus a new mobo would give me firewire and USB 2.0 if I ever needed those things away from my main comp.

    If it makes any difference for the sound quality aspect, the audio part of the HT includes:
    HK AVR325
    Athena AS-F1 mains
    Athena AS-C1 center
    Athena AS-B1 rears
    Hsu STF-2 sub
     
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  2. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    go with that motherboard. I have it and love it, it has digital audio (coaxial only), thats a really good price if the motherboard is retail 2.
     
  3. Jazz

    Jazz Powerhouse of the Scrum

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    yeah, i guess my question is:

    What kind of processing does a sound card do before it sends information out the digital port? Like, if I'm playing a DVD does it just send the dolby 5.1 track straight to the receiver wihtout any processing letting hte receiver deal with it...I think thatif so I guess the mobo is the best bet. Or if it processes the signal, then I guess the quality of hte sound card might matter.
     

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