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Old 18th August 2008, 07:53 AM   #1
ostripper is offline ostripper  United States
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Default Best audiophile Soundcards

I decided to start this thread because of the many advancements
in the world of digital audio that the 21st century has delivered to

After searching the threads I didn't find many discussions on
using the PC as the primary sound source of choice. Is it because
the audio community doesn't recognize a sound card/PC as a
device worthy of audiophile status.

In this thread I would like to discuss and share with
other members recommendations and info on various software
/ hardware and how they use the computer as a primary
entertainment source.

Thanks all,
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Old 18th August 2008, 09:46 AM   #2
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I just bought recently this soundcard:
I'm not interested in audio pro...
for my use, this is enough and sounds great !
I have plugged this one to my system and I have re-discovered my MP3 collection...
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Old 18th August 2008, 02:22 PM   #3
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It is an idea that is gradually building irresistable momentum, it goes under
a variety of different categories or names - that is as a
Music Server, DAW etc. - I am headed that way in the long run
since it is a superb way to implement Digital Solutions
at a perfectionist level at a fraction of the cost of owning
a variety of different hardware, with unmatched flexibility.
1 You couldn't really go wrong with either a Lynx 2
or the top of the line RME cards.
2 Visit AudioAsylum and read up on
3 This is good but can mere mortals afford these products?
Read up on this Boulder Product

January 2008: Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2008 Consumer Electronics show was chosen as the venue for the world premier of the Boulder 1021 Disc Player.
We're very proud of the 1021, as the Player is a tour de force of new technology and innovative circuit design. Owning a Boulder is always something special, and the 1021 breaks new ground in the luxury home entertainment field. And it does so with a user interface never before available on a disc player. Featuring a 6.5" LCD display that provides artist, album, track, and timing information in a format easy to read from across the room (either available on the disc, from an internal database, or downloaded directly from the internet) and completely new and unique digital and analog sections, the 1021 Disc Player engages listeners with a clarity and resolution never before heard from your existing music collection. Boulder's 24-bit, 705.6 kHz Upandoversampling software is run in tandem with the most accurate disc reading mechanism available, as well as an ultra-low jitter clocking circuit to eliminate the effects of clock timing errors on reproduced music. Two strategically placed RAM buffers isolate the disc mechanism entirely from the rest of the machine, completely eliminating the mechanism from having any effect on sound or sound quality - the mechanism is used purely for data retrieval purposes only. The 1021 can also be used as a source to drive amplification directly using the internal DSP-based volume control, taking advantage of Boulder's 983 gain stage and high-current output buffers in the analog output section. A huge number of programmable features and memorized playlists, ethernet and external VGA connections, and memory buffer playback indication are just a few of the few of the additional features and benefits of the 1021. Additional information about the 1021 can be found here or requested from the factory.

4 If you have the money house it in this enclosure:

5 Buy the ESS dac (Buffalo) from Twisted Pair as a
starting point - by all accounts a superb project at
a very low price.

6 Visit http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php for
all the information you will ever need to set up your
'Music Server' pc software.

7 This thread on DIYAUDIO is absolutely superb, mandatory

A lot of information, hopefully you will find some of it worthwhile.

Yours Sincerely
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Old 18th August 2008, 03:51 PM   #4
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Glad to see responses here so soon.

Lowlow, glad you enjoy the auzentech. hmm.. very interesting,
Creative let someone else take their chipset and make a better
soundcard. Only thing I don't like about creative products is
the bloatware package included ,very impressive card only
wish someone would make open source drivers like kx project
for sblive/audigy(my card)..

JohnYKS, Wow... too expensive for me! Nice looking HT pc case
not enough ventilation for my 5 hot storage devices!

I went budget for my
home HT setup (core duo,nvidia 8500 hdvideo,SBaudigy sound,
with 2 terabytes storage). I have it networked all over the
house with 2 HT setups. It began 7 years ago but now there are
57,000 320k/bs high quality classical and rock titles available
anywhere in the house.I would never go back to cd's.. way too

By the way I play all my music directly off of memory. (winamp
offered full file buffering way back in 2k,the only way to go.)
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