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 so I'm pretty happy, 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
     
  2. John

    John Guest

    Thats some pretty decent equipment you got there!

    The revo is supposedly very good, although I've never heard it.

    You may want to try out the Chaintech AV710 first though, as its gotten some good reviews that put it up at the level of the revo. http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=29-120-103&depa=0

    Its $25, I love mine although it hasn't seen any serious equipment yet, i'd like to hook it up to my HT and see...
     
  3. 04

    04 Guest

    I agree. IMO the Chaintech is the best bet for a HTPC unless you simply want to spend a ton of money.
     
  4. Run N. Gun

    Run N. Gun Active Member

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    If you're running optical out of the PC and into the HK receiver, then it isn't going to matter much which card you get. AC3 via SPdif is *mostly* the same for most cards on the market today. The digital bitstream is either 48 or 96, just make sure that your card's output rate matches the input on the receiver and you're all set. The beauty of the digital bitstream is that is a passthrough, meaning once you get it to the receiver you have full control of the sound.

    I've done what you're doing and it makes a huge difference. Prepare to be blown away!
     
  5. autox

    autox OT Supporter

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    definitely chaintech :bigthumb:
     

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