Ok.. I know its been asked over and over again.. but I am always confused because it seems that hardware is always changing and sometimes the wiki (though is very helpful) is not always clear or easy to search.
I am looking to get a small form MD for christmass. I would like to find one that is supported out of the box with either 7.10 or 8.10 (haven't upgraded yet but eventually will).
I would like it to have digital surround sound support built in as well as HDMI.
What is out there and in use right now that is known working out of the box?
Hmmm... well as far as I know (correct me if this is not your experience) currently neither LinuxMCE-0710 or LinuxMCE-0810 'Beta' support Dolby Digital + DTS or even Stereo audio over HDMI 'out of the box' so to speak on any hardware. That is not to say that it can't be done (many of the patches/fixes exist...and many of these are have been submitted by us) its just not there yet and its not PnP.
On the other hand Dianemo & Cascade Smart Home both support these features on all the supported nVidia based hardware (see the thread referenced in the footer of this message for more info on what that hardware is) and the hardware and setup of HDMI Audio is just a matter of hooking up your chosen MD hardware to the LAN, letting it add iteself and then choosing Dolby Digital + DTS in the AVwizard - JOB DONE.
All the best