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Help with a computer sound system.

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Gino, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. Gino

    Gino Millennium Member

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    I just built a new computer and I need to add some sound to it. My motherboard has onboard sound. I have a pair of small Polk Audio R15 speakers that are just sitting around that I'd like to use. These are non-powered speakers.

    Should I buy a sound card? Add an amplifier? I don't want to spend much... I would only be listening to this up close (and relatively softly) for movies and some music.

    I looked at partsexpress and I saw a few class T amps that look promising. Didn't someone on here talk about a "DAK" recently?

    Thanks for the help,
    Gino
     
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    I bought an Altec Lansing PC speaker set with sub and ran it off the stock sound card...sounded great. Lots of bass and clarity, Frys sold it for $59.
     

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    I have eagle arion ar504 on both my desktops and they are very good for the price.

    For the average user a sound card isn't important, the on board stuff is more than enough.
     
  4. CitizenOfDreams

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    Onboard sound chips are perfectly adequate for gaming/music/movies etc. You do need either powered speakers or an amplifier.

    If you have a tight budget and want the best sound for the money, go to a thrift store and buy a pair of old school full-size speakers along with an amplifier.

    I personally use Marantz SP2042 speakers (3-way, 12" woofers, 100W RMS, 90dB) and RCA STAV-3860 receiver (60W RMS per channel). Paid less than $100 a few years ago.
     
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    inthefrey Moved on...

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    ^^^THIS^^^

    Your motherboard sound device will produce the same quality LINE-LEVEL audio that an add-on device or card will. Use the line out from your motherboard to feed a good amp and speakers and you'll be fine.
     
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    .264 magnum CLM

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    That is correct if one must use line-level out, if so why?

    With an outboard DAC fed via USB one can, emphasis can, achieve 100% bit perfect SQ versus the source and relieve the computer of all clocking chores. One simply cannot pull that off via a sound-card.

    Back to sound-cards and line-level out, sound-card SQ varies from pretty darned good to utter crap.
     
  7. MO Fugga

    MO Fugga Malt Liqra® Lifetime Member

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    I just run the MP3 cable from the headphone jack to the audio in on the stereo. Shakes the whole house.
     
  8. CitizenOfDreams

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    I doubt you could hear any difference with a budget audio system. With a limited budget, external DAC will not be the first item on my shopping list.
     
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    .264 magnum CLM

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    Sure. I guess it really does boil down to what one's budget.

    However, asynchronous DACs can be found for about $100 of course they can be much more too.