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Old 21st May 2007, 12:53 PM   #1
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Default best, cost no object, sound card

Can I have some opinions please on the best sound card for 2 channel playback. No recording, no multi channels just good old stereo.

As per the subject, sky's the limit!

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Old 21st May 2007, 01:59 PM   #2
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If you want a 2ch playback only soundcard, you'll probably have to make it.
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Old 21st May 2007, 02:32 PM   #3
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Old 21st May 2007, 02:48 PM   #4
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ESI Juli@ is a very good sound card
http://www.esi-pro.com/viewProduct.php?pid=43&page=2
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If you need to know what DAC and chipset mount different soundcards take a look here http://www.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?t=229391

I know that Onkyo SE-90 and Audiotrak Prodigy HD2 (who is commercialized only in Korea) was born to have only stereo output, but it don't mean that they are the best. Onkyo SE-200, for example, have a stereo output who is considered better that SE-90, because have a better DAC.
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Old 21st May 2007, 08:14 PM   #6
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Or, if your objectif is play music from a pc and send it to your external amp, you can choose an external usb stereo DAC and use it like an external soundcard.

Go here, you can find a lot of info http://www.head-fi.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=59
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Old 21st May 2007, 08:23 PM   #7
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Using a soundcard with a good SPDIF output (transformer coupled) like the M-audio Audiophile 2496 in combination with an external DAC is probably the best solution, but if you don't want to do that I recommend this. It uses the Envy24HT chipset, and a Wolfson DAC. You'll want to replace the op-amps and coupling capacitors for best analog output though.
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Old 21st May 2007, 09:15 PM   #8
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The best ones are going to connect to your computer via Firewire, and aren't going to be called sound cards per se.

http://www.digitalaudio.dk/ax24.htm

(credit to Fast Eddy for pointing this one out on another thread)

The AMR CD player could also be used as a DAC. Also Wavelength.

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Old 21st May 2007, 09:26 PM   #9
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As per the subject, sky's the limit!

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DSD, DXD, 24/384, 24/192 etc., the Pyramix Mykerinos does it. Comes with various options at $3500 and up. Requisite software additional.
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Old 22nd May 2007, 12:37 AM   #10
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I'm building the DI-16 DAC from ecdesigns. There's a thread on it 150 pages long or so - Ultimate NOS DAC.

I'm building it purely for 2 channel sound to hook up to my martin logan speakers. It has USB input on it, and it's own external power supply.
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