I have already kinda upgraded from my old Rotel 1065 to a Sony HT SF2300 in 2009 and kept the Rotel 1065 in storage till now. While cleaning out my place i found it again and well its alive and kicking i want to hook it up to my common rooms HTPC. Now since the Rotel does not have HDMI i will not be able to bitstream leaving me with the option of LPCM but i have a few questions:
1. The computer hooked up to the common room LCD is a single core 1st gen Atom with 2TB of space will decoding DTS-MA HD be possible on software without a lot of CPU usage?
2. Cant my video card "HD5450" decode the hd audio instead of the software/CPU route and give out LPCM in 5ch via the HDMI so there is a low impact on the CPU?
3. Will getting a Asus Xonar hdav1.3 to decode the DTS-MA HD to LPCM 5ch help my situation?
I want to spend as less as i can to get HD sound, i dont think there is a huge difference between LPCM 5ch "Player decode" and DTS-MA HD 5ch "Receiver decode".