My uses for a HTPC are a little unusual. I have a project recording studio in a spare bedroom, next to my home theater/audio system. I use Event monitors in the studio. I currently do my surround monitoring only in quad, due to limited space. The Event's are great for near-field, but I need to check my surround and stereo mixes on standard audio system speakers. Also, I can't do 5.1 or 7.1 in my small studio's space.
I want to use my HTPC to host my Digital Audio Workstation, so I can do my mixing and mastering on my Apogee ribbon speakers. One of the reasons I'm looking at this card is that I expect to eventually create my masters in True HD 7.1 (at 24/96 resolution). I need to be able to send a True HD encoded bitstream from the hard drive on my DAW before I create a rendered Blu Ray disc. If there is an issue with the encoding process, I want to fix it before I waste an expensive blank disc.
I also have a large number of pre-recorded quad reel to reel tapes that are slowly degrading. (You haven't lived until you've heard Zappa's Overnite Sensation in discrete quad!)
I want to ba able to back them up (for now on DVD-Audio), in True HD on Blu Ray disc. Then I wont have to play these recordings from the original tapes, which degrades the audio a tiny bit each time they pass the heads of my Tascam 44.
As far as the analog six channel daughter card, I don't need it for my purposes. I just want to be able to bitstream TrueHD and Master Audio Lossless to my pre/processor.
That clarification done, if I get this right, you still need a separate graphics card in your HTPC with a DVI or HDMI output. This graphics card feeds the AV1 card's HDMI input. Which begs the question... "If you have a graphics card capable of HDTV at 1980p24/60, why have any video processing at all on the AV1 card? "
I don't do games, so I need a basic graphics card that is capable of full HD resolution. Nothing more. Also, I have an Onkyo Pro SCP-885P which has a a Reon- HQV chip for video processing. I don't need any kind of video enhancement.
I am also considering the LG GGW-H20L HD-DVD/Blu Ray burner for the HTPC. I want to ditch my Toshiba HD-A2 and back up my HD-DVD movies (mostly concerts) to Blu Ray. That way, when the LG drive fails (an eventuality), I'll still have the concerts. I want to be sure I get the full high definition audio tracks on the backups. This is the second reason for my consideration of this card.
If I read Hellfire51's reply correctly, I can play the HD-DVD on the LG drive, and use AnyDVD to rip it (without encryption, including the high bit-rate audio) to my hard drive. Then I could make a backup on the LG using it's Blu Ray burner. Am I correct here?
Will the Blu Ray burner record the sound track in it's native high bit-rate format?