The gauntlet has been thrown down. Challenge dealt and challenge accepted. Time for the next Austin area Home Theater meet! When: mid January? Open for suggestions. Where: Mirus Miniplex or Colin's Bachelor Pad Why: ABX (double blind) comparison of an HTPC's sound quality vs a high-end pre/pro's sound quality. Currently the contenders are my homebuilt HTPC with M-Audio Delta 410 vs Scott Oliver's Theta Casablanca (if he's agreeable). Speakers, amplification, cabling, and acoustical environment will remain constant throughout the test. Tests will consist of short interludes of Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks as well as 2 channel stereo. I'm guessing this portion of the day shouldn't take more than an hour or so once it's set up. So a second topic is up for grabs, or we could just watch a movie when we're done.