is it absolutely impossible to use an amp for 2.1? i've read of some convoluted ways of doing it, so not entirely sure...
my motherboard doesn't have digital out, so currently my only quality audio option is hdmi from my graphics card. the other option is a titanium hd for £80 (good deal imo) with an amp. i'd necessarily need to get a sound card because evidently amps don't use hdmi, it's either analog or optical with them (though i'd like to avoid sound cards unless it's my best option - it would slightly block airflow to my graphics card).
basically it seems the easiest (or maybe only?) way to do things is to go for an hdmi avr. i need only the 2.1 audio - no video or surround. just because of that sub i need to buy a more expensive avr with a less impressive amp? do people even use hdmi just for 2.1 audio? anyway obviously this seems to be a weak compromise since avrs are expensive for other features, and i'll be using so few of their capabilities and getting worse amping for the same price.
if only there were a 2.1 channel amp out there that could take hdmi signals o.o!!
btw when you hook up a graphics card via hdmi for audio, does it send video signals as well? as in does it go into multimonitor mode/start using more power, or does it just send audio signals?