We're doing some very exciting things in Windows Vista concerning audio. As an Audio Engineer, I can happily say that audio is no longer a second-class citizen in Vista. From the consumer perspective, just take a look at some of the features we're adding:-
You can read more about them here:-
Sometimes, you don't get these capabilities, even in high-end domestic digital A/V receivers. Good job audio team! Can't wait to start using these new audio features on my home machine.
Agree that Vista is a step in the right direction. I would howewer have liked a way to utilize all those plugins available out there. I am thinking about issues like dynamic EQ. Zone based time delay. More advanced room corrections etc. etc. A way to achive this would be to offer a Directx Host function..... (tell me if this is possible)