Well if the thread labled "Hdav1.3 deluxe questions from a newbie" http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1412013
wasn't a kick in the pants.
So IF you have a HDMI video card (any it seems) and Windows 7, you don't need the ASUS XONAR SLIM or DELUXE 1.3 at all as long as you have software like TotalTheater 5 perhaps to play Blu ray HD?
Going through the HDMI on the video card will sound as good as going through the ASUS XONAR 1.3 DLX before I rip it out.
Somehow I thought there was an advantage to the Slim or DLX HDAV 1.3 still other then it came with Totalmedia 3.0 to play HD content. Perhaps having Splendid to enhance DVD's or the ability to play 5.1 from stereo which I don't like.
Wonder why there still selling for so much on Ebay, $280 or so? For those non HDMI older computers?
Well I do happen to have an older computer without HDMI the slim will suffice for right now on a stereo system only.