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Old 27th January 2002, 08:36 PM   #1
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Question Use of PC in high-end audio?

Hi, I am wondering if I can use a PC as a source of music utilizing my existing configuration: McIntosh: amp & preamp, KEF speakers. I want to substitute my CD player by my PC: record all CD on its hard drive.

I'd highly appreciate your advices and/or references to any sources.

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Old 27th January 2002, 08:47 PM   #2
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Hi. Though the mp3 format is considered somewhat lossy, I am quite happy with doing exactly what you are considering. My mp3's are usually saved at 128kbps while I have a few at 96. I have a few at 160 also.
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Old 27th January 2002, 10:59 PM   #3
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Well, some soundcards sound better then others, keep that in mind...
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Old 27th January 2002, 11:11 PM   #4
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Also soundcards have a somewhat limitted frequency response.
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Old 27th January 2002, 11:21 PM   #5
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Default Re: Use of PC in high-end audio?

The best thing to do is find a decent soundcard with SPDIF output. Using SPDIF is probably the best way to get decent sound from a computer. Unfortunatly, the soundblaster live doesn't handle internal signals very well and has a little bit of noise on the digital output (encoded digitally??? wow). There are plenty of others to choose from, but the SBlive is still a great value and the noise is very low, using either analog or digital outputs.



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Hi, I am wondering if I can use a PC as a source of music utilizing my existing configuration: McIntosh: amp & preamp, KEF speakers. I want to substitute my CD player by my PC: record all CD on its hard drive.

I'd highly appreciate your advices and/or references to any sources.

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Old 28th January 2002, 02:51 AM   #6
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Be careful...

Most soundcards do a D/A conversion, and then a A/D conversion before the digital out...
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Old 28th January 2002, 03:04 AM   #7
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Be careful...

Most soundcards do a D/A conversion, and then a A/D conversion before the digital out...
Yeah and the results are often pretty disappointing.

A few soundcards operate totally in the digital domain and the quality is far superior but it still suffers from the problems of operating in the noisy environment that is inside the average PC.
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Old 28th January 2002, 05:46 AM   #8
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My friend uses Protools in a studio setup with an external DAC/ADC box and it is probably the best sound I've heard coming from a computer. Unfortunately it is quite expensive and most of us don't have any need for 8 channels. Maybe it's possible to do multichannel audio or something but I've never seen one of these things used for anything other than multichannel recording/playback in studios.

Does anybody know any soundcards with SPDIF output that don't do any nonsense with the audio?
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Old 28th January 2002, 01:17 PM   #9
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Default The Delta Audiophile 2496

I have the Delta M-AUDIO Audiophile 24/96.
It is considered a professional audio card.

You will find the specs there: http://www.midiman.net/products/m-audio/audiophile.php

Just for an idea, the card will do 24 Bit 96 kHz 4 in/ 4 out PCI Digital Recording Interface with MIDI. SDIF out pure bit.
THD: Less than 0.002%.

They have other cards that are great too.
You will find my card for about $170 (Includes PowerDvd 4 or $159 without) at
https://www.metro-one.com/dc_store/s...Y=SOUND%20CARD

Those cards sound great.
I have a DTS sound system and the difference between this card and a sound lab (I had the live platinum) is really there.

Good luck.

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Old 28th January 2002, 04:15 PM   #10
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Looks really nice... does it always output at 24/96, for instance if I am playing a 16/44.1 wav file or mp3 file. The sample rate conversion would be nice since my DAC is capable of 24/96 but I have never been able to use it yet!! =(

I will search soon, but is there any place I should look in particular to find one of these?
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