Originally Posted by DeXel
Seeing that you have a 5 channel speaker amplifier I don't really understand why you didn't get a receiver. That would be the optimal solution. Not sure if a soundcard is a good way to go, but Asus Xonar DX, HT | OMEGA eClaro, or Creative Z cards are probably the best for multichannel for a moment.
Just double check which is the better one because I never really bothered researching multichannel systems much.
Thanks for the reply.
I used to have receiver back when no DTS Connect or Dolby live existed, so i used to use analog outs (3.5 stereo to RCA stereo) to passive rca ins to my receiver, but receiver started acting up after 5 years, and Emotiva UPA-5 got into a nice introduction sale.... so i though why invest on receiver when i can get invest all the money in a real 5 channel amp, i have no use for the decoding or the multiple functions a receiver had, i just needed something to amplify my speakers.... but then DTS connect came and dolby live, and so HDMI PCM that can be manage by a receiver.... but i was already deep into my amp and no intention on departing on it anytime soon, im very happy with it. So thats why im not on a reciever =).
I kinda wanted to give a try to XONAR, but all the great reviews come on the 2.0 with hp amp. I do need 5.1 analog outs (3.5 mini stero plug is fine) to maintain my current setup. I had bad issues with creative on the beginning with their sound blasters, but seems their drivers aren't so bad as they used to so im considering Creative Sound Blaster ZX SBX PCIE Gaming Sound Card with Audio Control Module SB1506
, but not sure if something would fit better my current setup.
Thanks again for taking the interest on my situation, and please post any suggestion you have,