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Soundcard with Receiver Doing the Decode

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My HTPC currently has a cheap(Siig) soundcard that I am using the optical out to a Yamaha RX-V1. My question is if I am letting the receiver do the digital decoding, how good of a soundcard do I need? I ordered an Asus Xonar DS because I noticed it does higher sampling rates than the Siig does. The Siig gives me a choice of 48KHZ. The Yamaha will go to 96KHZ. I also am using this HTPC for Blu Ray playback. The Xonar DS does not have both DTS and DD decoders but the Yamaha Receiver does. Now back to my original question, since the receiver is doing all the digital to analog conversion, does a more expensive sound card make sense or did I waste my money?
post #2 of 4
I'd take a look at the Home Theater Computers forum (it's under video devices, I think) and see if you can find the answer (or at least more quickly happen upon somebody with knowledge) there.

My WAG is it doesn't matter any more than it would matter whether a lumberjack was a good carpenter. If the device or person isn't doing the task, they require no expertise at the task . . . they' just pass things along to the person or device that actually does the work.
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Thanks.
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You do not need a sound card on most computers for digital output. Most motherboards come with a digital out (toslink). Both are the exact same quality.
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