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Old 11th June 2013, 07:44 AM   #11
AllenB is offline AllenB  Australia
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I had just made crossover changes and reclaimed some sensitivity without reorganising the gain structure, yet the extent of the cr@p sitting on the sound card was enough to throw me...particularly the extraneous noise pushing through from other networks.

I'm hoping to build some new amps this year with two stages and S.E.(D.H.)T. outputs, or maybe 6v6's so I guess the nature of this noise was sapping the motivation from this.

I've since picked up a better card and the noise floor is a little less ugly, which is a good start.
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Old 8th July 2013, 11:54 AM   #12
Rewind is offline Rewind  Sweden
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I tried a $50 SMSL DAC from ebay, that used optical toslink as connection between source (PC) and amp that isolated the amp from noise very well. It was dead quiet compared to my Lynx L22 $640 PCI card. The Lynx has some nice personality and warmth, but it is drowned in computer noise. I use compression drivers so I can hear the difference very easy.
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