Creative Labs X-Fi
Tom’s Hardware Guide Peripherals & Consumer Electronics: Creative X-Fi: A New World of Sound – Introduction Now that I’ve got Zoom Player working, things are pretty good with my home theater PC. Just two problems remain. First is getting digital audio out. The onboard audio gives me five channels out, but they are five separate jacks and I really need a digital audio output. Also, I do get some noise from the el cheapo Realtek AC 97 onboard. So, there’s the Creative Labs X-Fi that might work. Main issue is that the digital audio output requires a 5 1/4″ bay and I don’t have one on this HTPC case. Still, its a good card if you have one and want digital audio.
The other problem is the keyboard and mouse, the el cheapo Logitech mouse and keyboard use IR, so it is not a great connection from 15 feet away and also the IR commands don’t work against my Pronto Pro which is really what I want, so the search goes on for both a good digital audio output solution and also for the right input that can ideally be programmed.