The Jriver route is starting to look promising, but I'm not completely clear on if it would work or not...
I have yet to find anyone describing a setup directly corresponding to mine, but here's a link to a pro installer doing a 7.1 setup with fronts and center channel "bi-amped",
which I hope means a partially active setup, with separate amplifications and no crossovers for mids/tweeters for the front channels.
I hope this means that jriver could do the same for 5 x surround 2 channels + 2 midbass + 1 sub channel + 3 channels for future use.
These guys are using a Lynx AES16e card with external DACs from DEQX (the HDP-4) and a Metric Halo (the LIO8).
It's actually worrying that they are using the HDP-4, because even thought the article speaks of of fronts + center being treated as six channels i Jriver,
it looks to me like the HDP-4 could actually be used to take three channels and convert them to six, performing the role of a digital crossover.
Why are they spending usd 5000 on the HDP-4 if this is not what they are doing....
The LIO8 is also really pricey at around usd 3000, so this solution employs about USD 10,000 of DSP-hardware for just a semi-active solution, making the Alpines look
dirt cheap for a fully active 16 channel setup....
A local music ship (4Sound) suggested I use An RME Fireface 800 + a Cheap Adac bridge from Behringer : ADA8000which together would cost about usd 1800.
I'm not completely sure why I should spend more than for an FCA1616 + ADA8000 if I'm still going to get half the channels from a Behringer DA, but I'm sure I will understand more in a while.
It's still a bit worrying though, that I've not really found anybody using jriver for a fully active HT setup. Why on earth are people going half-active if there isn't some problem preventing a full active setup?
Like the guys on the link above, spending incredible amounts of money for a partial two-way when they should have been able to have a completely kick-ass fully active setup if there isn't some strange complication somewhere...
Does anybody know someone who has actually used jriver for an active HT multichannel setup without crossovers??? I'd really like some confirmation that's possible!