audiophile 7.1 sound card any price under $1,000

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I am building a sound system that will cost me around $8,000 dollars to build. Hand building and tuning all of the cabinets/enclosures myself. Using high end crown amps and building custom crossovers with the highest quality capacitors and air coil inductors. so in reality this card needs to keep up with a sound system that would normally run in the $20,000 dollar range. The only sound cards i can find are ASUS Xonar Phoebus and the Asus Xonar D2X, but i don't know that they will be good enough for what i want.

once again i want it to be 7.1 but 5.1 might be okay if there arnt any 7.1's that would be high enough end
 

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the crown amps im using to get the power and fidelity i need have no digital input http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_32394_Crown-Audio-XLS-2000.html for the subwoofers in each tower "2100 watts for the subs in total"
and http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_32391_Crown-Audio-XLS-1000.html for the mids and highs

and on top of that i need to use the built in crossover on the crown for my low end to mid range power 2 10 inch subs per main tower speaker. 1050 watts to each of the 2 towers at 2 ohms isnt anything a normal home audio receiver can do that isnt crazy priced "so its a three way crossover with the low to mid cross being active from the amps and the mid to high cross is a passive crossover"
 
The logical solution IMO would be to have an external amplifier that uses a digital input from the PC. I'm fairly certain that any modern solution will be about the same, including onboard audio.

It's not a price issue, I simply don't think there's any point if using digital to get a sound card.

You don't want a sound card taking the digital signal, making that analog via the op-amp, (which needs hardware to prevent signal contamination), then finally send it to an external amp.

Better to just send the digital signal straight to a quality amplifier.
 

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