I m buliding an new gaming cum Htpc system....so looking for a sound card i have rounded up to azuentech 7.1 home theater HD....
My confusion is that ppl connect their htpc to recievers and then to speakers.... and all AV receivers today also have dolby digital,DTS etc etc ... also the sound card also have these...
so what is the point of having a receivers?
Well speakers don't magically power themselves, so even if you have a sound card, you'd need amplification.
Also it's nice to have a device that's versatile that has:
1) radio/XM, DSD decoding,
2) DSP processing
3) Dolby PLIIx (in some receivers)
4) pre-outs to power amps
5) versatile connectivity to consoles
6) decoding and connectivity for dvd/sacd/blu ray
7) level controls
8) room correction and parametric EQ
9) bass management
10) pure audio mode
among many other features...I don't know...some people might value these features...
If you don't value any of these features...then...of course you should question your purchase.