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PCIe Soundcard Recommendation

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What I *REALLY* want is an ASUS Xonar D2X but they're not making them anymore so that doesn't really help me. As such, here's what I'm trying to find...

Dolby Headphone + Dolby TrueHD + DTS-HD support
Optical Audio Input
Optical Audio Output
Headphone Output

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I want HD audio for BD-ROMs but mostly this sound card is going to be used as my headphone amp. I currently have a Xonar D2 that I pipe my PS3 & XBOX 360 audio into and then process it with Dolby Headphone and then output it to my headphones for gaming. In the mean time, the HD audio support is then harvested off the audio card and combined into the HDMI output so my receiver can play the audio correctly.

I'm building a new mini-itx format PC that is the size of a 12-pack which only has one PCIe x1 slot...and I just found out that not only is the ASUS Xonar D2X out of production but there is no existing equivalent that I can find. Why did card manufacturers stop producing cards with Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD processing?

Anyways, I'm looking for suggestions since I haven't been able to find anything in my own searches that seems to meet my needs...
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Originally Posted by arjo_reich View Post

Why did card manufacturers stop producing cards with Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD processing?

Because ATI came up with a $25 video card, featuring an audio controller with a PAP, to send the HD audio to an external device (AVR). No need of onboard decoding.
AFAIK, there are only two sound cards which can decode HD audio: Auzentech Hi-Fi and Asus Xonar HDAV Deluxe, both of which cost upwards of $200. Moreover, they would work with only one specific software player, while the ATI solution works with all.

$25 vs. $200; its a no-brainer.

If you really want the D2X, there are some available on ebay, amazon etc.

Also, if I am correct, the D2 can't decode HD audio, so you are possibly not obtaining HD audio.
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