Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: orange, ca, usa
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I have a Sony AVR I am real happy with, but no HDMI, and distance and ground (hum) rule out analog and coax, so I need Toslink. It does support a bunch of input modes up to DTS ES 24/96, so I would like an output device (USB or card) with drivers that seamlessly support any and all possible output options. I'd also like the cheapest, but as my sanity slips away I'm growing less frugal.
MSI 880GM P51 16GB ram, 120GB SSD, win7 64, fussing with foobar, but ultimately WMC which I had working FINE on an older Biostar motherboard.
MSI has a great audio chip VIA® VT1828S, header on motherboard, no bracket, lots of spdif output modes, no Dolby license and no encoding. I'm currently using a Diamond XS71DDL, with Dolby Digital Live, but no DTS or above 16/48.
I am considering the idea of dumping any game play, but not sure if that eliminates the need for encoding to play back all file types, so any suggestions on either path welcome. I am open to almost any idea from running Linux, to swapping motherboards, but prefer to keep ram and amd 905e.