Phoronix: Xonar DGX, Other Soundly Linux Enhancements
The sound pull request for the Linux 3.5 kernel has went in this week. Aside from Linux now finally supporting Creative Sound Core3D sound cards, there's also some other interesting audio-related work for the kernel...
Really? Even though you need a lossy codec, that is just as good as MP3, to overcome the small bandwidth obtained with S/PDIF?
This kind of equipment is generally only good for it's analogue plugs, and 105 SNR is quite good as far as I know. Of course, that doesn't tell the whole story, But if you plan on hearing music with good headphones and don't have any good digital receiver this will sure beat any integrated sound solution.
Even though almost every other feature is crap - you can do it all in software and almost always with better quality, my Jack DSP stack is a testament to that - Having nice analogue input/output isn't something to be dismissed.