Originally Posted by SpacemanSpiff23
$93 is considered "cheap"?
Anyway, splitting the sound with a Y-adapter isn't going to diminish the sound quality?
Since the introduction of the newer X-Fi cards, the XtremeMusic has been found for as low as $51 after rebate. Anything less than $100 is a good deal, considering it'll be your source.
Any kind of splitting will diminish sound quality, but a source selector (A/B box), whether passive (using contacts) or active (using electronics) might be a better idea, as Gatticus suggested.
Also, remember that with the AV-710 you can either use the superior DAC for two channel or the inferior DACs for 5.1 channel, but you can't use both DACs at the same time. You'll have to either split the front channels of the 5.1 outputs with the VIA DACs, or split the two-channel alternate output with the Wolfson DAC. Basically, if you use the AV-710's 5.1 outputs, it probably won't be significantly better than onboard sound.