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Relevance of audio features on motherboard

Maiyr

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Hello all,

If you are planning to bit stream your audio via HDMI to an AVR do the motherboard audio "features" have any relevance at all?

I mean things like:
Realtek ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
Dedicated audio PCB layers
Premium Japanese-made audio capacitors


Also, are there any pre-requisites to being able to bit stream audio over HDMI? Or so long as there is HDMI you can bit stream the audio.

I want to get this board ASUS Z97I-Plus as the basis for an HTPC and I want to use the onboard HDMI to connect to my AVR for both audio and video. Would this work, or do I need a discrete video card with HDMI that supports bit streaming the audio?

Thanks,

Maiyr
 
Sep 12, 2004
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The audio features on the motherboard won't have any impact on the quality of bitstreamed audio. You don't need a discrete video card either. The Intel audio in the CPU will bitstream any format over HDMI just fine. The only consideration is to ensure that your AVR supports HDMI 1.3 and as long as it is a relatively newer AVR (less than 6 years old) that shouldn't be an issue either.
 

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