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Good sound card for audio for a HTPC ??

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hey all,

I am building a HTPC for a friend.

Mostly for audio and not video. Think PC for audio more than a home theater type build.

Anyways,

What's a good affordable sound card?

Asus?
Creative?

Does one have advantage over others?

Probably play back with Jriver if it matters.
post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

Hey all,

I am building a HTPC for a friend.

Mostly for audio and not video. Think PC for audio more than a home theater type build.

Anyways,

What's a good affordable sound card?

Asus?
Creative?

Does one have advantage over others?

Probably play back with Jriver if it matters.

Does his pre-amp accept HDMI? Or does it have coaxial/fiberoptic spdif? If so use the onboard with JRiver and WASAPI.

Maybe someone can educate me here why you need a soundcard if you have these options. WASAPI is as good as ASIO from what I have read.

Disclaimer: I am not an audiophile. But I have friends that are.
post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Does his pre-amp accept HDMI? Or does it have coaxial/fiberoptic spdif? If so use the onboard with JRiver and WASAPI.

Maybe someone can educate me here why you need a soundcard if you have these options. WASAPI is as good as ASIO from what I have read.

Disclaimer: I am not an audiophile. But I have friends that are.

Fiber optic and Coax digital inputs on his stereo.

No HDMI yet. He wants Yamaha high end receiver at some point.

will use optical or digital out.
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
yeah I tried telling him that.

About the optical out on the motherboard... and not needing a sound card.

I lost that battle. lol.
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

yeah I tried telling him that.

About the optical out on the motherboard... and not needing a sound card.

I lost that battle. lol.

Have him read the Audiophile material I have over at my blog. I have one free overview and then a bunch of JRiver audiophile parts.

It was researched and written by an audiophile friend of mine that did extensive testing with our Audiophile HTPC.
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Does his pre-amp accept HDMI? Or does it have coaxial/fiberoptic spdif? If so use the onboard with JRiver and WASAPI.

Maybe someone can educate me here why you need a soundcard if you have these options. WASAPI is as good as ASIO from what I have read.

Disclaimer: I am not an audiophile. But I have friends that are.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829271006

he is looking at this sound card.

I told him to just use the optical out on the motherboard and Jriver.

I choose an Asrock motherboard for him specifically that had optical output.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Have him read the Audiophile material I have over at my blog. I have one free overview and then a bunch of JRiver audiophile parts.

It was researched and written by an audiophile friend of mine that did extensive testing with our Audiophile HTPC.

Will do.

Thanks.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

Will do.

Thanks.

Here you go my friend. Here is the overview...

http://assassinhtpcblog.com/?p=268

More information with how to setup everything located within the JRiver section of the paid guides.
post #9 of 11
to use the sound card in a meaningful way, you have to use the analog audio.
I'm guessing with a 3.5mm to rca cable in your case.

otherwise you can just use the digital spdif that comes with the motherboard.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
What you think of this build:


CPU: $59 + Free Shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116399
Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G620
$10 off w/ promo code EMCYTZT1481, ends 4/24

Motherboard: $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157270
ASRock Z68M/USB3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $85

DDR3 RAM MEMORY: $40.99 + Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226288
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 997030


2TB HDD (Hard Disc Drive)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152245
SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$20 off w/ promo code EMCNFJA32, ends 4/25
OPTION: You can get a 3TB drive that is faster for $169, but might be louder.


--

He picked this BluRay:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151222
SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Combo Model SH-B123L LightScribe Support - OEM $65


I liked this better:
LITE-ON Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Internal 12X Blu-ray Combo Model ihes112-04 - OEM $59

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106374

Thoughts??? (Was there an issue with the Samsung blu ray I read about copy protection ? Or slow rips ? ) I have an Asus but could not find any.


also,

He picked a 650watt corsair PSU. I laughed. Too much: Reccomended the ECO Antec 400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371029


This is the case he wants:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811163166
SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / 0.8mm SECC Grandia Series GD05B micro-ATX / Mini-DTX / Mini-ITX MB, 1x5.25", 2x3.5"+1x2.5"HDD or 1x3.5"+2x2.5"HDD, 3x120mm golf bladed fan, 11" expansion card capable HTPC Case


Any obvious problems I should change on this build?

Help and advice is appreciated. This is for someone else, and he does not have 5 spare parts of everything lying around like me to cover his mistakes
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Here you go my friend. Here is the overview...

http://assassinhtpcblog.com/?p=268

More information with how to setup everything located within the JRiver section of the paid guides.

I will highly recommend these guides

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Originally Posted by MlNDBOMB View Post

to use the sound card in a meaningful way, you have to use the analog audio.
I'm guessing with a 3.5mm to rca cable in your case.

otherwise you can just use the digital spdif that comes with the motherboard.

Right- I tried telling him that. Thanks for reinforcing. I linked this thread to him in email. He should get up to speed quick.
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