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I'm trying to put together a Home Theater system and am having a hard time deciding whether to go with the HTPC or a regular off the shelf box like the Harmon Kardon AVR125.


I understand that with the right software the HTPC will have better PQ. But my question is, will it have better audio?


How does an M-Audio card such as the Delta 410 compare in terms of audio quality to the Harmon Kardon AVR125??


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How does an M-Audio card such as the Delta 410 compare in terms of audio quality to the Harmon Kardon AVR125??
Not a fair question unless we also know what quality power amps you'd be using with the PC soundcard analog outs.


The 5.1 receiver does look like a very adequate solution to simply using any S/PDIF output ... but consider my outdated Pioneer Elite Dolby Prologic receiver sitting on my shelf, doing nothing, because my M-Audio Revo analog out to power amps (while DD/DD EX/DTS decoding is done with software) is doing a better sounding job.


If the 5.1 receiver were Denon quality with a bit more power, I'd consider it a closer call ... but Harmon Kardon may be close enough.


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Agreed , unless you plan to use some High Quality amplification just go with the HK receiver [ I have used HK for years and I love them so I might be a bit biased ;) ] .

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Thanks for the recommendations. So what would be considered a good enough amplifier for the HTPC with a M-Audio Delta 410?


I am thinking about spending ~$1,000 on this. Right now I'm thinking that HTPC will cost about $700 of that. So anything in the range of $300 would be nice. If it turns out to be too expensive. I might just got with the AVR125 and forgo the better PQ and sound.


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