First, I have say, i have got a lot of questions answered over the years reading this forum. Great place. This time its a little harder so I had to post it up:
The intention is to integrate an HTPC into the media room. Currently a Denon DVD sends audio to a Rotel surround processor through digital coax or optical, and video to the display via component.
The problem is I cant figure out what GPU/sound card configuration is needed in this situation.
As far as digital inputs, the TV will accept S-Video and HDMI (and VGA).
The sound processor will only accept digital coax or fiber optic for audio (in regards to digital).
As stated above, the video goes directly to the display to avoid any potential losses from passing through the audio processor.
From my research, it looks like i need to have separate cards for audio and video. . . unless there is some way to cleanly separate the audio and video with HDMI.
1. What hardware would you recommend for my application and why?
2. Will there be software issues to resolve?
It would be nice to have a good clean installation, no external adapters/converters, etc. The A/V hardware mentioned above is of high quality, but is dated. It still performs great though, so no upgrades are planned.