Just because you are feeding digital sound to an amp it doesn't mean it will be unaffected quality wise. It may also have compatibilty issues making it unsuiteble for DVD playback. Then again it may be fine.
haw would it unsuiteble for DVD playback thats the hole ider of it ??
Not trying to say ure wroung just asking as i dont know
all so why would it have compatibilty issues when its spif fout ??
My ps2 sound nice useing the spiff out
Lots of sound cards have issues with DVD playback with spdif, you can get things like lip sync problems (up to 5 seconds), video stutter caused by the sound card, no sound at all, sound drop outs... The difference here is that if the build in one suffers from any of these, you can't swap a card out. I suppose USB devices are still an option.
I have to say my current HTPC has just the very problem when attempting to play a DVD disc from within the DVD drive !! (Movies played from hard drive are fine) my Tag processor keeps flashing up with the 'mute' led ........ and stuttering as though there's something trying to get through but it can't understand what it is or can't get a lock on the signal
Sound card is a M-Audio 24/96 (don't swear) SPDIF output to Tag.
I have just bought a Digimatrix - my first ever Wintel PC. It's small, quiet and cheap and has gigabit ethernet, wireless and SPDIF, takes camera cards, firewire for about £100 more than the cheapest PC's in PCWorld. But the HTPC software is pretty grim, and I can't make it drive the Pioneer 433 properly - the picture is always either stretched or letterboxed. I've tried DVI and VGA. From what I hear, component PQ isn't too good but that's the remaining option.
I'd be interested in coming up with solutions to the problems of this very attractive but flawed machines. Is anyone else using one, and what have they learned.
I'd be willing to put up a web site to collect folklore/unanswered questions about the digimatrix if there is interest.
My one: DVD/CDRW 80G Seagate, 512M PC2100 (pulled from my over-stocked Mac), Celeron 2.4G, Win XPP. Cost about £380+VAT & delivery. (excl RAM but incl XPP license)