Originally Posted by ROBSCIX
Your just ordering the amps and the card together and installing them and going for it?
Cool. Most people listen to the card first so they have a idea of what it sounds like stock. The LM4562's do a very good job of unveiling the quality of the card.
I could find no store in my area that sells the card to listen to up front, so just jumped in head first.
I really like the digikey site. Made my order an hour ago after reading the thread. Got a call a few mins ago from sales letting me know that ups couldn't overnight but fedx could. Heck it's almost 6pm pacific and they're going to be at my door tomorrow. Card won't even be here that fast from newegg.
As I run vista64, I realise there are no drivers as of yet, but expect them soon is what the website says. I have the x-fi and downloaded the new beta drivers last night, and that card sounds like crap. No way it's anywhere near audiophile, so figured this one must be better by what everyone here says about it. Worst case... I'll send it back. Heck to get audiophile for only $300, can't go wrong trying.
Currently I use a heavily modified denon 3910 dvd player for my music. It sounds fantastic for what it does. As I have ripped everything I own to my server, dvd's, hd-dvd's, and lossless music, I figured it's about time to make the move to htpc based media.
I do have a couple of questions though:
1. I have hddvd and blueray setup on my computer... Will this card do the new audio formats like dolbydigital+, dolbyhd (whatever it's called)?
Reason I ask is that I can't find a receiver anywhere at any price that will give me these wonderfull new formats.
2. Equipment is denon 5800 for preamp, and monitor audio gr60's up front, actually 7.1 monitor audio gold setup...... is it worth removing the caps that people talk about and hardwiring?
(I've never touched a soldering iron before so wondering what kind of place I would goto in order to have it done, prob some kind of stereo repair shop I guess)
3. Is there anything else I should know reguarding audiophile sound from this card?
thank you and add me to the xm crowd