Pretty much. Unless the DAC is designed to have a distinct sonic signature, you will not be able to tell the difference between modern DACs by ears alone.Quote:
Originally Posted by stamina1914 /t/1467597/dacs-and-htpca/0_100#post_23188231
So the whole aftermarket external DACs are all for not?
Originally Posted by CSMR /t/1467597/dacs-and-htpca#post_23190041
Digital-analog conversion is the easiest part of the audio chain and even cheap DAC chips (which cost a few cents these days) have been indistinguishable from perfect and have been for over a decade. This includes the DACs in your receiver.
It's very easy actually. A quality soundcard like an M Audio 24192 has excellent converters and can easily measure most DACs. Software like ARTA, REW, RIghtmark etc make it easy for free. If I want higher resolution than this I can take it to work and measure there. However as I can get a 120dB range out of the 24192, this is far, far better than anyone can hear and where the measureable differences between even relatively modest DACs exist.Quote:
Originally Posted by t-c /t/1467597/dacs-and-htpca/0_100#post_23194217
How exactly are you able to measure or compare the sound quality from DAC chips?
Originally Posted by stamina1914 /t/1467597/dacs-and-htpca#post_23185792
I currently have my HPTC connected to my Pioneer VSX-52 receiver. It's a sub $1000. I'm thinking about buying a DAC to assist or would a Sound Card be a better investment?
My HTPC is an I3 3225 on ASrock h77M.