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I've heard bad things about driver support for Asus' sound cards. Will give this one time to see how it develops.

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The 771 is very long in the tooth by HT standards. The accompanying "per channel PEQ" is very limited 7 total bands - with a PC , JRiver, and a multichannel soundcard the options are limitless and more precise. Oh you don't need multiple HDMI inputs ....your PC replaces everything except for your amps. The STX/ST is the minimum we would use, many of us opt for pro interfaces like RME, Lynx, and Mytek. I don't need a separate bd player, CD player, DVR, etc., it's all in my PC. I'm new to this forum, so I won't link to others unless it's allowed - but if you did a search on using a PC as a prepro - you'd Ben quite surprised. P.S. - I 've used a Yamaha rx-v663 as prepro until I replaced it with the Onkyo 809, the Onkyo was replaced by my HTPC.

Why would you spend money on an RME card for HT purposes? headscratch.gif That's not what they are for. I can think of better ways to use that money...
Edited by DVLux - 3/28/14 at 5:45am
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Why would you spend money on an RME card for HT purposes? headscratch.gif That's not what they are for. I can think of better ways to use that money...
No - we just found a new use for them - and they perform extremely well. Mods, if I'm wrong for posting this link feel free to delete it. but for people to understand what's going on (I initially did it with the Asus ST/H6 combo and now with the 808u), I must post this http://www.acousticfrontiers.com/home-theater-blog/2013/6/6/how-to-replace-your-home-theater-pre-pro-with-a-htpc

We are not talking about common everyday Best Buy type HT here. The ST/H6 combo out performs many receivers.
Edited by prerich - 3/28/14 at 6:23am
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I've heard bad things about driver support for Asus' sound cards. Will give this one time to see how it develops.

I've experienced the opposite. I've had an STX (now in a HTPC, my desktop uses a Steinberg UR22) for years with no driver issues at all.
    
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post #105 of 231
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Very interested to see how these turn out, I still think the STX is the best purchase any budding PC audiophile can make, they compare very well to external DACs 3 times the price.
True!!!
post #106 of 231
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No - we just found a new use for them - and they perform extremely well. Mods, if I'm wrong for posting this link feel free to delete it. but for people to understand what's going on (I initially did it with the Asus ST/H6 combo and now with the 808u), I must post this http://www.acousticfrontiers.com/home-theater-blog/2013/6/6/how-to-replace-your-home-theater-pre-pro-with-a-htpc

We are not talking about common everyday Best Buy type HT here. The ST/H6 combo out performs many receivers.

Really? How does it out perform many receivers?

Also, that blog is pretty stupid... Why would you waste all your money on that for some kind of HT set up?
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Really? How does it out perform many receivers?

Also, that blog is pretty stupid... Why would you waste all your money on that for some kind of HT set up?
Well I should re-phrase that ...the combo of JRiver with the Asus out performs many receivers (due to the level of control and detailed settings in JRiver...you'd have to spend well over 2 grand for a prepro/receiver with that type of control and feature set). The blog may be stupid to you because you may not care about HT that much, gaming doesn't mean anything to me...at all. I would never spend $400+ on a video card, but I'd never trash someone for doing it either. It's almost like asking a person why did you spend so much money on a BMW M6 when you could have had a Hyundai Genesis? Both are very good cars - its all about user preference. I never use a receiver for its amplification - I always use separate amps, user preference. Oh and just fyi, the PC in that blog....it was designed to compete against the DataSat RS20i, a $15,000 prepro! People enjoy what they enjoy.
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Well I should re-phrase that ...the combo of JRiver with the Asus out performs many receivers (due to the level of control and detailed settings in JRiver...you'd have to spend well over 2 grand for a prepro/receiver with that type of control and feature set). The blog may be stupid to you because you may not care about HT that much, gaming doesn't mean anything to me...at all. I would never spend $400+ on a video card, but I'd never trash someone for doing it either. It's almost like asking a person why did you spend so much money on a BMW M6 when you could have had a Hyundai Genesis? Both are very good cars - its all about user preference. I never use a receiver for its amplification - I always use separate amps, user preference. Oh and just fyi, the PC in that blog....it was designed to compete against the DataSat RS20i, a $15,000 prepro! People enjoy what they enjoy.

Why would you buy a professional level sound card, and two sound interfaces, meant for production, that equate to well over double a high end receiver, just for HT alone?

Spending a bit more on a video card makes sense. Spending over double/triple on audio does not. In the audio world there is such a thing as diminishing returns.

P.S. I don't own a car, so I wouldn't know. tongue.gif Not that a car is the same thing as audio...
Edited by DVLux - 3/28/14 at 9:21am
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Why would you buy a professional level sound card, and two sound interfaces, meant for production, that equate to well over double a high end receiver, just for HT alone?

Spending a bit more on a video card makes sense. Spending over double/triple on audio does not. In the audio world there is such a thing as diminishing returns.

P.S. I don't own a car, so I wouldn't know. tongue.gif Not that a car is the same thing as audio...

You should read what you just posted, and then consider the $3000 Titan Zs that will be powering people's Facebook machines.
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You should read what you just posted, and then consider the $3000 Titan Zs that will be powering people's Facebook machines.

And 8000$ worth of audio production gear will power someone's Blu-Ray player?

I guess that makes sense.
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