Cheapest soundcard for HTPC?


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I need an HTPC, and I need it now!

I seem to be least sure about what soundcard I need.

I would like to stream music around the house, to a Slimp3 style device, using Cat5 - so souncard no used.
I will be outputting to a £2k amp (not chosen).

For DVDs, is it simply a case of any card with an SPDIF out will do, and your amp does the rest? Or is the quality of the digital out variable, as it is in CD transports for example?

Is there anything for me to gain by having a professional quality soundcard?

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