I have the xonar dx7.1 that I picked up a couple of weeks ago and so far I'm very happy with it and am undecided whether or not I'll replace the caps and opamp now. It can't do DTS but the sound quality in Dobly I feel is better than on my PS3 going out over optical.
Yeah, I love my D2X, but the owner of the MCE machine isn't so keen on another sound card. Personally Idon't like DOlby, as I feel it adds a bit too much bass betwwwn 70-250khz, but I'm a bit anal about audio.
caps are good, opamp is only gonna affect analogue audio...
Can it play mkv's, blurays and dvd's? Or a bunch of codecs needed as well?
Yes to all, All my files are MKV's and TS's, and it plays DVD's fine. Plays them all fine, I use the MediaStream skin which is REALLY slick looking. As far as I can tell it uses fddshow and plays all formats it support, and except for maybe bluray discs(I don't own a blu-ray drive, can't test), its fairly flawless.
It plays everything without the need to install extra codecs?
I have CCCP installed anyways BUT from what I gather, it shouldn't. BUT if you were to go the XBMC route, I'd install CCCP Combined Community Codec Pack anyways to be on the safe side.
Just as a note NEVER install a codec pack like klite or etc, they cause more issues than they solve, CCCP is a lightweight codec pack, only one I'd ever trust on my PC. It sets you up with only what you need.
Well, I guess I lied. Dvd's are not playing back fine in PowerDVD either they are giving a "ghost image" of what's being played about 1/2 way down the screen. Anyone have any ideas cause I have more stuff on dvd vs 720/1080 which play just fine.
Thanks for any help.
Once I get this sorted I might try XBMC to see what it's like.
Hmm, what vga driver are you using? Sounds like either driver/codec issue.
I'd never instal la codec pack, single codecs direct form the writer, sure, but never a pack of 'em. If they have repalced any windows codecs, it sometimes takes a windows re-isntall to get things back.