This weekend, I think I finally solved the last (known) hurdle and am enjoying my living room setup as it was meant to be enjoyed. I finally have 5.1 surround sound thanks to a $10 and a $3 cable + shipping. It took me two agonizing years to jettison the 2 card that came with the computer. Vista didn’t like it and hell, either did I. The card I got is cheap, simple, and has an optical output that solved all of my problems after a painless install and about 10 minutes of software tweaking.
Now, with about 150 concert DVD’s and Audio DVD’s ripped to the hard drive, my entire collection (with the exception of the DTS only audio discs – but I’m close to solving that one) is there at the touch of a button on my Logitech Harmony remote. Like all things worth having, it’s been a lot of work but hugely rewarding. This weekend, the rewards came in the form of 5 speakers and a sub all humming together in sweet unison.