How many people are running a high end audio card(like the 9632 RME) straight into a power amp? I've never had a power amp in my set up but if I get the RME I probably will get one. So these questions will be power amp pre-newbie questions # What problems does it cause having the only volume control on your PC? if any? Gotta be careful with the mouse/remote? # Do you have to power down your power amp before switching off your HTPC all the time? and even if so, are there still pops? # Is there any more background noise from using a power amp setup? # Do you used balanced or unbalanced inputs?