My requirements may have changed a little now. I may only need a stereo output and no need for onboard processing. but I'm not 100% sure yet.
However, I thought ASIO was one way of achieving bit-perfect sound? Thats what the FAQ says. So how can ASIO have no effect on sound quality if it enables your computer to play the media in a bit-perfect way? If I go the stereo and no onboard processing route...I'll still need the computer to output bit-perfect sound so I'd still need ASIO correct? I've been all through the FAQs and Wikis and for some reason I dont get them. Its like they are explaining things to people who already know and understand it. But not people like me who just can't grasp the whole idea...lol. I'm trying though...I've been reading these forums since Jun 08 when I joined.