[mythtv-users] HDTV Recommendations... with DVI

Jarod Wilson jcw at wilsonet.com
Thu Sep 23 11:33:56 EDT 2004

On Thursday 23 September 2004 03:20, Stephen Tait wrote:
> > > >While I've got you... anyone have a recommendation for a stable sound
> > > >card?  I'm looking for something that will handle 5.1 sound with SPDIF
> > > >(optical) output.  My current MythTV system is based on a Pundit and
> > > > the onboard SPDIF is flakey at best.  I just want something reliable.
> > >
> > > My bet would be on one of the higher end Audigy's or an M-Audio
> > > Revolution.
> >
> >No complaints here for my Audigy. Just an OEM version, but feeding spdif
> >to my amp without a problem.
> Sorry, I was still in Audigy 1 mode, where only the spanky Audigy Platinums
> came with SPDIF in/out (I've got a Platinum eX and an Audigy OEM, and only
> the platinum came with SPDIF connectors). I imagine most of the Audigy 2's
> will have SPDIF now...?

I'm in Audigy 1 mode also. :-) I use an Audigy 1 OEM card for SPDIF out to my 
amp. It has the little mini-coax jack on the card itself, which requires an 
adapter to get to an RCA-style jack, but it works just peachy (I'm even 
sending raw ac3 across to my amp now for HDTV).

> > If you don't mind spending the money, get the Revo
> > though. I like 'em partially because they'll work under Linux, Windows
> > *and* Mac OS X, but its also a better card. (It also costs more, on order
> > of double what you can get a viable Audigy for). W/HDTV, anything over
> > 5.1 is going to be wasted right now, so the Revo's 7.1 is nice for the
> > future, but doesn't really serve any purpose in a Myth box, aside from
> > maybe the few DVDs that have 6.1 or 7.1 soundtracks... I'll stop rambling
> > now... I'm partial to the Revo if money isn't an issue, but I have no
> > complaints about my Audigy.
> Here in the UK, I can get a Revo 7.1 for the same price as an Audigy2 ZS
> (both ~80 from KustomPC's), and I think they're fairly balanced on
> features. I'll prolly splurge on a revo 5.1 for my next myth box, but again
> the Audigy is an excellent card (even if the windows drivers can be a bit
> temperamental at times).

I was thinking Audigy 1 OEM, not Audigy2 ZS, thus the price disparity. Hell, 
even a SB Live! 5.1 would do the trick, they can be found in various places 

Jarod C. Wilson, RHCE
jcw at wilsonet.com

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