NCIX, or Netlink Computers, is one of the best and most trusted companies we Canadians use for parts. It's the Canadian equiv of Newegg. (Before Newegg started a .ca). Heck, I've personally spent almost $10000 there over the last 8 years.
It's true that Auzentech has problems keeping stock right now; as far as the rumor goes, they're changing the EMI shielding to make the hum disappear but they're having delays doing so. But, as for the hum, many MANY people on Head-Fi say they don't even notice it. And, if you went from Forte --> Digital out --> DAC --> Amp, you'd eliminate the chance of the hum, and have the quality from a superior DAC.
It just makes no sense to spend $300 on an unproven card, when this card IS proven, can be had for a third the price (and that money rolled back into a better system), and is technically superior.
Originally Posted by Aynjell
Also, X-Fi's cease to be X-Fi's when you use them for optical/coax/anykindofdigital out.
Edited by Hybrys - 7/2/10 at 12:05pm
That's untrue, all DSP processing still happens when you send the digital out to a DAC. Many people use this as a setup.