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    Question HTPC Sound card requirements?

    Hi all,

    I'm new to the forum, and just as much of a noob to the world of AV.
    I'm putting together the following for my new place, need some advices:

    Marantz SR5005
    Lsi9
    Emo XPA-2*
    Emo Sub 12*
    HTPC

    My questions:
    -For the HTPC, what's a worthy sound card for these equipments?
    -Should I use optical out? or.. ?
    -Is it ok to use the Marantz as a pre in this setup? (preouts to the amp and sub)

    Any feedback regarding anything on my list is very welcome!

    *I have read my share of the Emo threads, this is the best compromise I can live with as I live in Taiwan. I don't want to risk buying used equipments, repair and shipping would easily exceed the value of used equipments.
    And stepping up isn't an option right now.

    thank you for reading

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    If you have a Blu Ray player in your HTPC, you should be using the HDMI out for audio.
    "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you." Friedrich Nietzsche

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    Grab a drink, some snacks, and a laptop and go get in your favorite reading spot. Enjoy!

    For HTPC builds. (Notice there's a link to the newer January 2011 update.)
    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...3#post12248983

    Info specific to sound cards.
    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...12248983#Sound
    Last edited by fatchowmein; 02-21-2011 at 11:31 PM.

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    The Prodigy 7.1 HiFi is based on the powerful VIA Envy24HT (ICE 1724) audio controller and the Wolfson WM8776 / 8766 codecs, providing 2, 4, 6 (5.1) and 8 (7.1) channel support as well as optical digital I/O with 24-bit/196kHz support.

    To provide stable high level output signals, Prodigy 7.1 HiFi uses a fine selection of high quality capacitors from Sanyo (SP series) and from Nichicon (up to 2200uF RU series / Nichicon ES series) to optimize the power supply of the analog and digital components on the card and to optimize the audio output quality. The special design of Prodigy 7.1 HiFi with its 4 layer PCB cuts off electromagnetic waves from the internals of the PC ? there won't be problems with an unstable power supply caused by the systems CPU or the HDD.

    A separation between the analog and the digital part using an aluminium cover that shields the sound against electromagnetic waves is a major part of the Prodigy 7.1 HiFi design. Even better, the OpAmps on the card are installed on sockets, providing the possibility to change them to the users preference.

    The Prodigy 7.1 HiFi driver software is based on the EWDM standard from pro audio manufacturer ESI providing perfect compatibility with Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 and even Windows XP x64 as well as Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit, offering high performance and low latency operation with all important famous audio applications. The DirectWIRE 3.0 and Advanced NSP (Native Sound Processing) support in the driver allows you to virtually patch all your digital audio sources internally between various different software applications running at the same time and use effect plugins simultaneously. Audio streams can be transferred between different audio applications, which is especially great when using software effects, synthesizers or virtual instruments. The driver also includes support for the 3D technologies from QSound Labs in Canada: Q3D/QEM, QMSS, QRumble, QSizzle, QExpaner, QEQ and QNormalize.
    BREAKOUT CABLE

    VIA ENVY24HT

    HIGH QUALITY CAPACITORS

    EXCHANGEABLE OPAMP

    Features

    * 192 kHz 7.1 HiFi surround audio interface
    * 24-bit / 96 kHz ADC with 102dB(a) dynamic range
    * 24-bit / 192 kHz DAC with 108dB(a) dynamic range
    * S/PDIF digital I/O with optical connectors
    * high quality RCA connectors for the main analog output signal
    * up to 4 simultaneous inputs and 10 simultanous outputs
    * special design to eliminate CPU and HDD noise supports 5.1, 7.1 and other surround formats professional
    * EWDM driver based on ESI technology
    * DirectWIRE support to record any signal from any source internally
    * Advanced NSP support, use effect plugins to expand your sound
    * integrated headphone and microphone amplifiers
    * ASIO 2.0 and GSIF 2.0 support for professional multichannel applications
    * QSound support under Windows XP
    * works under Windows 2000, XP, 2003 and XP x64
    * compatible with all major game and surround standards
    * compatible with all major professional audio apps
    polk 10bs--- prodigy hd2 modded Burson Audio opamps
    dcm time windows ---- parasound pre amp
    TDQ-1600 Broadcast Reference Tuner -- yamaha cd s700
    yamaha px-3 Denon dl-110 --- audioquest ic
    carver 1.5t--- bogdan speaker cables
    ps audio 200cx--- ps audio phono pre amp

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    polk 10bs--- prodigy hd2 modded Burson Audio opamps
    dcm time windows ---- parasound pre amp
    TDQ-1600 Broadcast Reference Tuner -- yamaha cd s700
    yamaha px-3 Denon dl-110 --- audioquest ic
    carver 1.5t--- bogdan speaker cables
    ps audio 200cx--- ps audio phono pre amp

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    incredible amount of information
    thanks guys

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