Anyway, we are going to try to get some sort of insurance to cover it but I have had one of these creattive units die on me before and it was not fixable.
I would like to future proof whatever I do get so that would mean to me that it is 7.1 again, has HDMI input and maybe output, spdif, and analogue connections. It would be good if the speakers are relatively small and budget without any HP would be $999 ok you can make it $1000.
I also need to take into account WAF and BAF (8 month old Baby Approval Factor). Something easily knocked over or easily poked would be a worry but not a major.
I have a Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 Soundcard link here. I also have available but currently not used a Creative DDTS 100 decoder Link Here. TV is a Sony Bravia KDLW4000, but I would rather not use it for audio as the HTPC has better options.
What options do I have?