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What you are asking for is likely much more expensive than a receiver. Is that okay with you? Because your specific requirements basically amount to a boutique item.
You want a multichannel amplifier and a device that only operates as a DAC for a specific input. You have a couple thousand US dollars to blow on this?

huh? pretty sure all he asked for is a 5.1 receiver that he can run optical out from his Tit HD soundcard. If that's correct, take your pick. The more you spend, the more features you get and more power, but almost every modern receiver has optical and coax inputs.
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huh? pretty sure all he asked for is a 5.1 receiver that he can run optical out from his Tit HD soundcard. If that's correct, take your pick. The more you spend, the more features you get and more power, but almost every modern receiver has optical and coax inputs.

He says explicitly he doesn't want a receiver. Huh indeed.
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I also need a DAC for 5.1 channels. Due to this I want a receiver. A power amplifier will just power the channels and I want use the digital output of X-Fi TiHD.
Please, astrallite, recommend me a few of complete setups to be hooked up on X-Fi TiHD via digital optical output for 5.1 channels.
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He says explicitly he doesn't want a receiver. Huh indeed.
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This is relevant if you plan on going the HDMI > Receiver route

http://www.overclock.net/t/1028415/how-to-hdmi-sound-to-receiver-ati-hdmi/30
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DrGroove is right. Sorry for my English. astrallite mistook what I said.

What I would wish is very simple. It's just a suitable receiver which can be used as a PC device. This PC should have an X-Fi TiHD. The goal is a 5.1 speaker system for desktop computer.

Once the X-Fi TiHD manages badly the use of analogs outputs together (see the issue of switching between headphones and speakers in others threads), the using of SPDIF is desirable. Beyond that, it'll allow more channels if to use a receiver that can receives digital 5.1 channels and powers FIVE channels speaker system.

Suggestions?
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DrGroove is right. Sorry for my English. astrallite mistook what I said.
What I would wish is very simple. It's just a suitable receiver which can be used as a PC device. This PC should have an X-Fi TiHD. The goal is a 5.1 speaker system for desktop computer.
Once the X-Fi TiHD manages badly the use of analogs outputs together (see the issue of switching between headphones and speakers in others threads), the using of SPDIF is desirable. Beyond that, it'll allow more channels if to use a receiver that can receives digital 5.1 channels and powers FIVE channels speaker system.
Suggestions?

When you add a receiver, the digital signal will be changed to analogue using the receiver's DAC, rather than your soundcard's DAC. If your motherboard has SPDIF output, there is no reason to use a soundcard. Although if you choose to keep it and use SPDIF on the soundcard, DSP processing will carry over to the receiver, so this could be useful if you want to use creative's CMSS for headphone surround. If you have a video card that can bitstream audio over HDMI, you can use that straight to the receiver. This would bypass the soundcard completely, and again use your receiver's DAC chip. Like I said before, pretty much any new receiver has optical and HDMI inputs. I have my eye on Yamaha's RX-V371 or 471, but it comes down to brand preference and how much you want to spend on a receiver.
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DrGroove, I understand perfectly everything that you said. Whether to use SPDIF of X-Fi TiHD or motherboard audio is irrelevant. What I want is recommendations on receivers those are suitable for desktop PC.

I know if I use anyone receiver in market, I'll get 5.1 via digital (SPDIF, video card HDMI, etc.) and amp for at least five channels (once most subs are powered, so "0.1" channel can be suppressed in the amplification stage). However, I want the flavor of the month for this. Most of them is large, has a lot of useless features for a desktop PC, etc.). What would receiver be the bang for the buck for PC considering its usage?
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this is one area I wish PC audio with advance
it's light years behind TV home theatre
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DrGroove, I understand perfectly everything that you said. Whether to use SPDIF of X-Fi TiHD or motherboard audio is irrelevant. What I want is recommendations on receivers those are suitable for desktop PC.
I know if I use anyone receiver in market, I'll get 5.1 via digital (SPDIF, video card HDMI, etc.) and amp for at least five channels (once most subs are powered, so "0.1" channel can be suppressed in the amplification stage). However, I want the flavor of the month for this. Most of them is large, has a lot of useless features for a desktop PC, etc.). What would receiver be the bang for the buck for PC considering its usage?

Well the problem is I'm not sure if there are any receivers designed for desktop use. Your best bet might be too look at Marantz slim line models, the NR1402 and NR1602. Marantz is a great brand, but you will pay for the quality. The 1602 has some nice features over the 1402, such as dynamic volume, networking, dolby headphone, 7 channels.
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You understand. That's right. I know there are no receivers made for computers. What I want are suggestions about receivers which may do the role, and you gave me two great stuffs, Thank you.

If someone else can help, please do it.
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