I intend to get an Intel NUC teeny weenie form factor computer for my HD media files and for my external Bluray drive. I'm gonna use my USB 3 based Multi-bay 8 HDD box to connect to access all my HD movie files and hence have a dedicated HTPC with a small footprint running off the Haswell based built-in graphics card to drive my TV,
This is gonna be my multiple purpose surfing computer as well and I'm keeping my gaming system separate which is gonna be the one taking the most space beneathmy desk together with my 2 external drive bays in my small room.
Essentially I'm happy with the specs of everything except for the built-in audio. There is no option to fit any cards other than a mPCIe SSD drive but no other cards will fit in there so my only option is to use an externally based sound card. I've never paid attention to the external sound card devices that can handle 7.1 audio so I have no clue what's out there. I can come up with a reasonable budget as long as it's not ridiculously priced. I'm intending to get an Emotiva based system running B&W CM series small speakers. Currently I'm using a PC with a Creative xifi Titanium driving my Logitec Z5500 5.1 system.
Any recommendations for the external USB 7.1 sound card? Thanks.