Looking for good quality sound card for HTPC

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  1. Mike_J_Potter

    Mike_J_Potter Second Unit

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    I am looking to upgrade the sound card in my HTPC. It must have a optical out on it to connect to my receiver, and it must have Dolby Digital and DTS decoding built in. I Won't be using it for recording anything or doing any gaming so maximum DVD/media file playback quality is desired. A Would prefer to keep the cost down. I looked at the Turtle Beach CATALINA 8 but the reviews on the web were not that good.
     
  2. Scott L

    Scott L Producer

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    Why would you need the card to do DD/DTS decoding when you want to pass the digital bitream via optical out to your receiver to do the decoding?

    Anyway DD/DTS decoding is usually done in software anyway, by the DVD player, but that's if you really wanted to output 6 analog lines from your soundcard to your receiver's 5.1 analog inputs.

    The Chaintech AV-710 sounds like it will do everything you need for less than $25.
     
  3. stephanX

    stephanX Stunt Coordinator

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    or he could be running 6 monoblock amps [​IMG]
    (hell if i had money thats what i would do, 6 fullrange channels)

    And another vote for the AV710, very well regarded in the headphone market as well(often headphones are more scource picky than speakers)
     
  4. Scott L

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    hehe well if he wanted a full-blown pre-amp keeping the cost down is out of the equation. [​IMG]
     
  5. Mike_J_Potter

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    No I am not running 6 monoblocks, thats a bit out of my price range, just hooking it to a Denon 2805 . Thanks for your help, I'm ordering one of those Chaintechs today.
     

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