They're right, you don't get sound over a DVI to HDMI cable/adapter. But you don't always need it, e.g. my 37" sammy has a 2xRCA associated with the HDMI2 input and I use a 3.5mm mini jack to stereo RCA to utilise the TV's speakers.
If you're after blu-ray/HD-DVD play back, worth noting that apparently SPDIF isn't HDCP compatible and playback may not be possible without AnyDVD-HD or the method I've already mentioned anyway - or, in my case, both
SPDIF header on the maplin card:
As for the card it seems a tad over priced, especially compared to the card Bronto posted, but I cannot find it anywhere else and with the issues I had with the ATI you could be buying piece of mind. I'll have a look for another option...
I know it's over £80 but it is one heck of a monster of a card. Will handle much higher resolutions than that 8600, this card blitzes it in every aspect and is a decent price at £82. A worthwhile investment, but pleas note that it is not a small card, so if you are wanting something small or a sinlge slot design then this is no good as it looks like it uses space for 2 slots.
"Take a look at all those ports! Palit did a nice job here: in addition to the standard 2 DVI ports, there is also a HDMI port, and a SPDIF port for audio. And new for the 9600GT, we now have a DisplayPort. as well. Get used to these DisplayPorts, as they are going to be come the new 'de facto' interface standard for digital displays. Designed by VESA, one DisplayPort is capable of higher performance than a dual link DVI interface, and can carry audio signals as well."