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Old 11th September 2010, 05:07 PM   #11
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You should be able to get excellent sound from a computer using a USB DAC. Something like a Cambridge Audio DACMagic, but there are cheaper options. I had a Gamma 2 from AMB custom built with USB-only to keep costs down.
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Old 11th September 2010, 05:57 PM   #12
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I already bought the Prodigy Cube USB Sound Card for $127 with shipping.
I read some reviews and it looks great.
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Old 11th September 2010, 06:50 PM   #13
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I never heard good sounding PC including my Audipohiles 2496 & 192. PC is a digital machine not analog. Music is analog substance.

You can get OPPO 83 SE or any good second hand SACD player if the sound quality is your main goal.
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Old 11th September 2010, 07:07 PM   #14
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I never heard good sounding PC including my Audipohiles 2496 & 192. PC is a digital machine not analog. Music is analog substance.

You can get OPPO 83 SE or any good second hand SACD player if the sound quality is your main goal.
Im not an audiophile looking to spend alot of money on high end gear.

I want to be able to play music from my laptop in a good quality
(not crappy like i have now comming out of my stock laptop sound card).

I don't want to burn cds to listen to music, so i play the stuff right out
of my laptop.

PS, why does audiophilers have their cd players and amp on spikes?
I understand why it is done for speakers, but why amps and such?
they don't have vibration problems like speakers do...
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Old 11th September 2010, 09:27 PM   #15
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Twisted Pair do a USB DAC. Has anyone else tryed useing as a Dac? I have no experience with them my self but they do look good, Its more intended to feed there other dacs but at $60 dollars it not too bad. Might buy one myself until I can afford there OPus dac. They've got a section on here.


Personally if your going to playing though your laptop I would burn with a lossless format and listen from there.

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Old 14th September 2010, 03:12 AM   #16
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The SoundBlaster X-fi ExtremeMusic card sounds really good. They make a less expensive card that has a similar model name that I tried later. Gave it to my daughter as it wasn't even close to the same performance. This card does not re-sample everything like the previous cards do.

The EMU 1212 was bought to replace the impostor card. This one is set up better for bench work. They all have an optional I/O unit that gives you the proper jacks. That might be a good idea for some people.

Either of these would be good, with the nod going to the EMU. Hit the Creative web site to see if they have any refurbished units on cheap, or closeout sales. Once you figure out what you want, find it on the web and buy it. Don't worry about getting the absolute lowest price on one. There will always be a cheaper price somewhere as time moves on.

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Old 14th September 2010, 03:36 AM   #17
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Thanks for the recommendations, but like i said, I already bought the Prodigy Cube USB Sound Card for $127 with shipping.
I think it should arrive this week, i will let you guys know how it
turned out.
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Old 14th September 2010, 03:36 AM   #18
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Can you find out out what soundchip and player you have?
In my experience updating yer driver and new player software gives a new lease on life. These can sometimes degrade over time.
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Old 14th September 2010, 03:40 AM   #19
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Can you find out out what soundchip and player you have?
In my experience updating yer driver and new player software gives a new lease on life. These can sometimes degrade over time.
Are you talking to me?
If so, what player? the player software? can it really change anything in the sound quality?
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Old 14th September 2010, 03:48 AM   #20
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Both software for driver and player. yes I can hear big time changes with refreshed chip driver and player software. You never said yer baseline OS, hardware or player software.
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