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Old 12th May 2008, 07:40 AM   #1
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Hi, I'm using my laptop with Vista to listen to my CD collection which I have Ripped (Lossless wav) to an external Hard Drive. It is very convenient. The sound is ok, but I want something better. I was thinking getting an external USB Dac, from what I have read it will improve the sound. What I want to know, by using the USB dac, will I have to use any other software, eg Foolbar? etc, and will the internal Kmixer of windows be bypassed when I connect the USB dac? Is there anything else I need to know to make this work?
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Old 12th May 2008, 10:35 AM   #2
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Vista has no Kmixer.

You neglect to mention what outputs you are using currently, are you using a combined L&R channel analogue out jack from your internal soundcard?

if so an external usb DAC will be an improvement. The Edirol UA-25 is sensible money and high quality, and upsamples to 24/96, user switchable, should you require it.
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Old 12th May 2008, 11:41 AM   #3
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Thanks sq225917 for ur reply. Yes I am using the combineds L&R analogue out jack at the moment. I'm therefore looking to improved sound without the hassles of windows XP. The Dac is a super Pro 707.
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Old 12th May 2008, 11:43 AM   #4
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This page might be of interest to you:

http://www.benchmarkmedia.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

Also check out Peter Daniels USB NOS Dac - details may be found in the Market Vendors forum on this site. Look for Audiosector.

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Old 12th May 2008, 12:00 PM   #5
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thanks johnm very informative
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