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Old 30th July 2011, 10:08 AM   #1
gil1 is offline gil1  United States
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Default So I want my PC hooked up to my system, newby questions.

Ok so Im a basic cd player into preamp/amp and speaker type of guy and want to use my laptop to play cd's and to store music.

Basic questions, is the kind of laptop as important as the DAC? My laptop is about 5 yrs old, has usb ports that can be used with a DAC?

I guess if I can get some of you guys to let me know what equipment you use and how you use it, it could help me out a bit.

Any input appreciated

Thanks
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Old 30th July 2011, 10:21 AM   #2
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You can check my thread here : My poor man music server

Perhaps it can give you some insight
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Old 2nd August 2011, 04:07 AM   #3
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Ok so Im a basic cd player into preamp/amp and speaker type of guy and want to use my laptop to play cd's and to store music.

Basic questions, is the kind of laptop as important as the DAC? My laptop is about 5 yrs old, has usb ports that can be used with a DAC?

I guess if I can get some of you guys to let me know what equipment you use and how you use it, it could help me out a bit.

Any input appreciated

Thanks
I have similar aged laptop and use turtlebeach micro USB setup. Amazon.com: Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro II USB Analog & Digital Audio Adapter: Electronics

very economic solution, just use the 3.5mm out (not optical) and connect to amp input. It sounds great to my ear on my diy t-amp clone and my diy speaker.
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Old 5th August 2011, 02:17 AM   #4
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It may sound counter intuitive but I would start with the best transport, or in your case computer source as possible. Take into consideration hard drive size, type of hard drive, as in solid state or traditional, screen size, and software. Then pick up a basic, entry level DAC to complete the rig. Entry level DACs surprise many by in fact not stinking at their job. Then you could think about upgrading your DAC. This is how I would do it.
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