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Old 26th March 2010, 07:07 PM   #1
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Question The highest quality ouput ?

Im currently building a tripath amp and im going to be using my pc as the main source for music, what would be the best way to get the audio signal to my amp ? obviously without spending millions ! lol

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Old 26th March 2010, 07:55 PM   #2
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That's a pretty broad question, can you narrow it down a bit. Budget? Internal or external solution? Number of output channels required? etc.
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Old 26th March 2010, 08:16 PM   #3
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well im thinking external to cut down on noise from inside the pc case, and i only need stereo, maybe 2.1 as i might add a sub at some point ??!!
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Old 26th March 2010, 08:21 PM   #4
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im thinking maybe this ...? Creative Labs Online Store (UK) | Sound Blaster | Buy Creative X-Fi Surround 5.1
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Old 26th March 2010, 08:54 PM   #5
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USB DAC, maybe something like a Twisted Pear kit if you can afford it.

Just remember to use only uncompressed or lossless compressed files, life's too short for lossy source material
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Old 26th March 2010, 09:05 PM   #6
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USB DAC, maybe something like a Twisted Pear kit if you can afford it.

Just remember to use only uncompressed or lossless compressed files, life's too short for lossy source material
yep ive currently been building my lossless collection and even some 96khz 24bit stuff !!!
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Old 26th March 2010, 09:41 PM   #7
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Wanted to test this out so I got a Creative SoundBlaster music LX for $60NZD. Just having a separate card outside the PC case made a great difference even with this entry level DAC, motivated me to take this further. Am presently building my next setup. SPDIF optical out from the PC and SPDIF optical > Anologue (sp?) DAC in the power amp. DAC, active XO and 6 ch LM3875 > 2 ch 3 ways. One ground for all electronics in the whole system and total phase coherance, yeah!
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Old 26th March 2010, 10:00 PM   #8
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well this all seems a bit silly to me, my signal path will be a follows

PC> SPDIF OUT> USB DAC> PHONO TO AMP> TRIPATH2020 AMP> SPEAKERS

So im going from digital to analogue, to digital to analogue ..........stupid !!!!!
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Old 27th March 2010, 09:29 AM   #9
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so im thinking this
NEW Creative X-Fi 70SB109000002 External Sound Box X... on eBay (end time 09-Apr-10 14:03:57 BST)

or this .........?

Item Audio: SuperPro 24 bit DAC
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Old 27th March 2010, 11:01 AM   #10
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The tripath amp is not digital.

You only need 2 channels, so don't waste money on a 5.1 Creative box that will install a massive bloated software package. You might be able to pick up an E-MU 0202 USB for not much more. At the budget end try M-Audio Transit USB.
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