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Old 20th December 2011, 11:25 AM   #11
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Not on my laptop but on my HTPC ,I have been using the Cambridge Audio's DAC Magic , it sounds fantastic .. but the best enhancement to the sound was the player software http://www.jriver.com/
Just the ability to widen the soundstage and set the room characteristics made a massive improvement to the sound. I’m adding an Xonar HDAV1.3 Deluxe but keeping the DAC Magic attached so I can ditch the Sony AV amp and run everything from the HTPC. You can slave the front speakers via the Xonar’s optical in to the DAC Magic then to amp, but in all honesty you need a another two amps for the Bass and rears. But I have a n old Cambridge AV 250 that a bought for spares that I’m going to see if I can slim down and get 2.1 out of it.

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