Hello Folks, I need some of your wisdom and experience. I am completely new to the idea of HTPC but am very intrigued by the idea. I am in the process of assembling a mostly DIY home theater (speakers and amps) and had just planned to pick up a Datasat RS20i or AP20 for the preamp/processor. Then I noticed the software they are using for room correction (Direc Live) is being offered as standalone software. I then began to wonder if maybe I could just build a dedicated PC to do my audio decoding, room correction and audio trickery. I could use all digital outputs for my channels and use an external DAC. This would allow me to take advantage of future audio formats and additional channels without having to replace my pre/pro.
So I guess my question (yes I actually have one) can a HTPC really be a replacement for a highend pre/pro ? Can I setup a HTPC that will work seamless and glitchfree during day to day use ? Can I get audio quality to match that of dedicated pre/pro ? Should I just forget this beehive and just buy the commercial units ?