Originally Posted by bezoar
True, but the lossless codecs are still being downsampled by the software players even via HDMI on the 4800 series cards. I'm waiting for the azuntech home theater hd card to come out to see how that works out. I've read too many problems to pull the trigger on the asus xonar. For now I plan to stick with my x-meridian.
I just helped my father-in-law get an HTPC. It has been a royal PITA getting the cable cards setup and working. It generally worked for one card, but whenever attempting to use the second card, it would break. Uninstalled A/V and disabled the firewall and that seemed to help a bit. We also made the cable company run a new line to the TV.
Hopefully the software will catch up soon and quit down-sampling.
Plus my Marantz SACD/DVD-A player is analog only (although that will be upgraded to an Oppo player soon.) So at least for now the LFE bug still presents a problem for me and I'm considering buying the SSP-800 this weekend.
You won't regret getting the SSP-800. I was one of the first to receive one and I couldn't be happier. Be sure and give it time to break in. You might have some adjusting to do as well. Its different. It is transparent beyond anything I've ever heard before. Brothers in Arms SACD sounds phenomenal. Its like you are in the vocal booth when he is laying down the VOX track.
There is a paradigm shift that some people are unwilling to accept that the DACs in the SSP are better than those in most players.