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HTPC sound card question...

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Joe Hsu, Jun 18, 2002.

  1. Joe Hsu

    Joe Hsu Supporting Actor

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    First off, I was wondering what most people in here use...does everyone have the nicest cards (m-audio), or do some of you find it acceptable to go with an Audigy, Santa Cruz, something from Hercules, or even, onboard c-media!? [​IMG] I was just really curious, for two reasons: 1.) If I were to build an HTPC, or a PC with HT capabilities and 2.) If I were to build one to sell later on.
    Lastly, I was wondering if there has been any talk of the new VIA Envy24 audio chipset, here. Seems like it would be a nice addition to the selection of sound cards.
    Thanks all...I'm sure someone'll tell me to do a search for what sound cards are used, but I have at least one legitimate question in here. ^_^
     
  2. AllenD

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    I use the Maudio AP2496. Can't imagine using anything else...
     
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  4. Joe Hsu

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    Yeah, that's what sparked the question, I'm up to date with all computer parts, i was just curious what people here use. I'm building my g/f a miniPC for her grad present, and I might build myself one and use it as a divx/dvd/mp3/data server...I wanted to know exactly what people are putting in their HTPCs these days, since I was hoping that I could build one and sell it off.

    (I'm CE at UM)
     
  5. Max Leung

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    I use the onboard audio from my Asus A7N266-C, which has an NVIDIA nForce chipset. Same chip used in the Xbox for real-time hardware DD5.1 audio encoding!
    It's really cool to listen to a concert DVD in DD5.1 and hear Windows desktop sounds mixed in real-time at only 5% CPU usage. [​IMG]
    Even better: Listen to a DTS 5.1 CD while playing a 3D audio supported computer game with hardly any CPU hit...silly I know, but it's great. [​IMG]
    I only wish it would encode DTS in realtime though, heh.
     

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