Originally Posted by William
What would be included in "your" version of a deluxe model? If you want stuff like Splendid or other processing I hope not. If you are talking about analog outs that is a fading market that will all but dry up in then next couple of years (sales (or lack of) ratio of the current 1.3 daughter card to main card probably support this already) and not likely worth developing for.
I would think that the next "deluxe" card will support both HDMI video and HD audio eliminating the need for 2 cards with the out of the PC loop for the video.
i've read in somewhere saying current digital transmittion (that's optical and coaxial) is only capable of carrying 5.1 channel data (that's 6 channels) and any more than that (ie 7.1), will have to be done by analog via few seperate cables- all this, i am not sure if it's true, but creative 7.1 speakers seem only doing analog input
although capacity of digital transmittion will continue to evolve (if what's stated above is true), it wouldn't hurt to keep analog output on a card, like buying an insurance for future
if you are asking my ideal card, a seperate, non shared mic-in/spdif-in is a must, don't make the same mistake as D2/X, to share with one of analog? whatta joke, just keep switching the plugs?
i got a sony mic plugged in all the time, i don't want to unplug and plug everytime i gonna use it, just because it doesn't have an input at the back.
this goody can stay, and i don't need a card that ruin the streamline design of antec sonata (case i got) if i have to leave the mic connected via the front of case
so analog output (just for assurance, in case of upgrade to 7.1 later) + rear mic in. not too much to ask you think?