|Originally posted by kazushi|
Just ease of setup. Don't you wanna connect gaming HTPC and AV amp with single digital cable instead of 2, 3 or 4 analogue lines?
BTW, this is not useful for pure HTPC since we can use pass-through for this case.
|Originally posted by inti|
From the text you quote, the implication is that on the Maya the digital audio connection is only available "when watching a DVD movie". That would mean that, like evey other audio card, it does SPDIF pass through when the DVD itself has DD or DTS sound on it.
Six reasons people might want a soundcard which can do DD (or DTS?!) encoding on the fly are as follows:
(1) PC games with multi-channel audio
(2) Slowing down the audio by 4% on a PAL DVD of a movie (25 frames per second, which for purists should be slowed down to 24 frames per second) and retaining the DD or DTS sound
(3) Playing DVD-A or a SACD on a PC (assuming the drive can physically read the disk: I'm pretty sure that SACD is physically readable by a DVD drive), using software to decode the DVD-A or SACD multichannel sound and then reencoding it in DD
(4) Cheap method of auditioning home-made (or semi-professional) multichannel soundtracks for DVDs
(5) Using PC as a digital graphic equaliser, e.g. for digital room correction
(6) Rebalancing the channels on DVDs, for example for my tastes on most film DVDs the centre channel is about 3dB too quiet. With appropriate software (in, say, 2 years time) you could set your own custom channel balances on a 'per-DVD' basis, in the same way that using Zoom Player you can currently set (and have the PC remember) aspect ratios, image size and position, and brightness, contrast and gamma levels on a per-DVD basis.
All of the above assumes that your audio set-up consists of a PC connected to a high-end pre/pro or multichannel receiver via an SPDIF connection, which is to my mind the only way to do HTPC audio properly. The reason is that PC multichannel sound cards are simply not audiophile enough on the analogue outputs. (Also in my particular case, my pre/pro despite being otherwise excellent, has no multichannel analogue inputs.)
|Originally posted by brzilian|
Sorry for the newbieness.
As far as DVD-A's, don't the Audigy2's from creative possess the capability of playing them back? (I do realize that Audigy's do not have a DD output to an external decoder - I am jsut referring to the fact you can indeed play back a DVD-A on a PC with an Audigy 2 card.