I've been searching in vain for a pre/pro to upgrade my Pioneer receiver to and can find nothing suitable in my price range. After some thought it occurs to me that a HTPC could offer a good solution. What I'm looking for is: Excellent sound quality - what sound card should I go for? RME and Lynx look like a good place to start but I'm not at all familiar with their products. I would like to take digital inputs from my CD player, DVD player and DivX player. I'm guessing this may be a problem, 3 digital inputs isn't something I see on many sound cards. Good looks - I love my current Thermaltake Tsunami but it's far from suitable for HTPC use. I want something small with a look of quality. Low noise - I guess this will be based around the PSU, CPU and case fans. My Tagan PSU is very quiet so that would probably make a good choice. I'm less sure about the CPU and case fans though. My display is CRT with scart and component inputs so I see no point in going for a high price video card or using the HTPC for any of that functionality at this time. I would think this will also negate the need for a very powerful CPU. I'd like to do this for about £600, which given the lack of need for an expensive video card or CPU, I'd hope is feasible.