MikeSM you should have a look at the "soundcard as a pre/pro" thread, and you will see taht many people here use soundcards connected directly to their amps.
I for example use use a Lynx TwoB connected to two chevin research Q6 amps. The lynx twoB uses the best dacs and op available with rock solid drivers.
It sounds better than all the stereo dacs I've heard (when I mean better I mean that it plays what is on the disc and doesn't add distortion to please your ears
) so for multichannel playback it's as good as it can get. What's more the lynx is HTPC friendly as the volume and the mixer can be remote controlled.
Amir I would really appreciate if you could answer these questions :
- can you tell me what is mandatory if I want to use this soundcard for hd-dvd playback in XP and in Vista (signed drivers ? whql drivers ? logo compliant drivers ?)
- What about watermarked audio that should be in AACS 1.0, will it recquire a special chipset that has to be on the soundcard ( a la DVD-A) or can it be done in software ?
- What do I need to ask the lynx team development so we van have access to the SysFx DSPs in their vista driver ?
- How hard would it be to add a registry setting to turn dithering on/off?