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USB to optical / soundcard / DAC

hello,
with the following premises:
-I listen mostly lossless files, CD's, DVD's and some SACD's sourcing from a win7 PC via optical cable to a Denon receiver, hooked to a 5.1 Heco setup (2 tower front, 1 center, 2 shelf surround speakers, and a good old Boston Acoustics sub).

-I changed the motherboard of the PC and now i can't get a multi channel signal to the receiver (really do not know why), but only stereo, even if i play a DVD with Dolby surround sound.

-I'd like to eliminate the internal sound card hypothesis and get an external one, or an USB DAC, or simply an USB to optical converter and in the same time get the best quality sound possible at a decent price, ain't that eager to sell a kidney for the gadget, lol ...

What might be the best solution in your more view?
I got my eyes on the Behringer UCA202 and the M Audio Super DAC II, will they do the job decently? Are there any better options?
On the other hand, if i'd have to name a budget it will be around a maximum of 300-400$, i think.

Thanks a lot!

PS. Does it even exists an USB to HDMI solution?!
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If your video card has HDMI and your receiver has HDMI, use HDMI for best quality.
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If your video card has HDMI and your receiver has HDMI, use HDMI for best quality.
I'd rather go for some external USB device, that's why i am asking about a good if not audiophile grade external sound card or DAC.
It has to meet two simple requirements:
-having an optical out
- being able to handle 5.1 and/or DTS
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To get multichannel sound over an optical or coax connection, you need Dolby encoding software: S/PDIF supports only lossless stereo PCM or lossy Dolby Digital or DTS. Make sure you have the most recent audio device driver for your hardware and that Dolby encoding is enabled.

Also, check to make sure the media player software on your PC is configured to use WASAPI and not DirectSound.
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