I'm so sick of hearing people going on about not hearing the difference between downsampled audio and bitstreamed codecs to LPCM, and how they don't care and can't hear the difference, its not called TVPC, its HTPC! The whole idea isn't to have your computer running through your tv with sound, I'm sure like most people as soon as the tnt2 cards came out with RCA tv out, the tv stereo and computer were as one. Its home theatre PC as in "highest quality audio/video, comparable and a better alternative than the actual theatre". If you can't hear the difference then you're obviously plugging a $200+ soundcard into a $200- AVR with $15 speakers you found at a garage sale.
I see people in these forums bitching about setups for 7.1 soundcards and they're using a friggin logitech 5.1 computer speaker setup.
Anyone with a clue and half decent hearing can hear the subtle differences in audio if they're using the right equipment and set it up correctly.
I unfortunately can't call myself an audiophile as I don't have the technical knowledge to back up anything i say and don't have a masters in physics and sound waves etc but just as a HTPC enthusiast I can hear and enjoy the differences between each and every speaker, soundcard, codec, AVR and player.
IF point=ignored THEN F=U
ELSE END RANT