Kalman Rubinson does a brief comparison of two 5.1 channel dacs in the current issue of Stereophile. Neither of them qualifies as cheap.
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Maybe try an Oppo 103/105 blu ray player? (105 has better audio stages and sound quality, otherwise no difference in features/function). These players have 2 HDMI inputs (one in front and one in back), which means they can, essentially, act as a 5.1 DAC for sources such as TV satellite receivers. Obviously, they are 5.1/7.1 DACs for any bluray/dvd that is played through them. If your 5.1 listening is low priority and not critical, the $500 Oppo 103 is probably a great solution.