Originally Posted by iduhfuse
Hi guys, I have a pioneer vsx 823k receiver with polk RTI 10s and am currently using my computer to stream audio to it via HDMI from the graphics card. It is currently set up as a 2 channel stereo system and sounds quite good at the moment. Though when I play at loud levels I hear a bit of distortion which is odd,
The most likely sources of audible distortion in a typical audio system including one that includes a PC are
(1) Your ears
(2) Your speakers
(3) Your amplifiers
I'm assuming its the computer that is causing this with electrical noise or something.
My day job is being a computer tech and I have no idea how you reached this conclusion.
Do you know the difference between hum, noise, and distortion?
The most obvious omission in your system is a good subwoofer which will take a load off your AVR and your speakers.
If I get an external dac, will that bypass the one in the pioneer?
Yes, but the way DACs are used in AVRs they are basically guaranteed to be free of audible distortion. Digital sources can't overdrive them because of how digital works.
Also will this give me better sound quality and possibly fix this distortion issue. Thanks
What does this noise, hum or distortion actually sound like?