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I will soon build my HTPC with a soundcard from Terratec DMX 6Fire 24/96 and it will be hooked up to a SONY receiver STR-DB930. I wonder which D/A converter will be better, i.e. should I use the SPDIF optical connection or should I go the analog way?


I know this is not high-end equipment but I would still like to get the best sound from this hardware...:cool:
 

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sapnho,


Why don't test both and use the one that sounds the best to you.
Well, I don't have it yet and was wondering how most people hook their soundcard up to their stereo.
 

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What I'm trying to tell you is that nobody can REALLY answer that question.


The only thing you will get is opinions. Some will be well founded and others will be not so well founded.
 

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OK. Here is my 'opinion.'


Do the D/A OUTSIDE the PC. Way too noisy an environment to be passing out analog signals.


Just my opinion.
 

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OK. Here is my 'opinion.'


Do the D/A OUTSIDE the PC. Way too noisy an environment to be passing out analog signals.


Just my opinion.
That's what I am looking for: opinions!


Any others from wives or other audio specialists?:D
 

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I rest my case! ;)


BTW, As I type this response I'm playing a 5.1 channel DTS CD being decoded by WinDVD 4.0 and interpolated to 7.1 channels with less noise than a mid-level receiver.


But that is with my multi-channel soundcard and my amps and my speakers in my room. As always YMMV.
 

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I've compared my Delta 410 direct to amps to my Sony DB-930 receiver and can say that the Delta 410 wins, hands down. The Sony's DACs sound grainy and metallic in comparison, and lack the soundstage of the Delta card when playing back uncompressed wav files. Moreover, WinDVD 4.0's DTS and DD decoding, coupled with the bass management options in the Delta control software, eclipses the settings and decoding on the Sony.


I had long considered a new surround preamp to be my next upgrade; now, I'm not even considering it.


Just an opinion!


- Ken
 

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The only thing you will get is opinions. Some will be well founded and others will be not so well founded.


This is the internet after all, is it not? :p

Do the D/A OUTSIDE the PC. Way too noisy an environment to be passing out analog signals.


Here's my "opinion":


Do the D/A INSIDE the PC. Critical soundcard components are specifically designed to reject the interference found inside computer cases. It's why people bother with high-priced recording/playback soundcards.
 

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One of the features of the nForce 'D' series motherboards is real time Dolby Digital encoding.


So what market segment would this motherboard appeal to if there is no benefit in passing the sound signal digitally to a receiver?
 

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NVidia's solution targets those who want multi-channel sound from their PC games and such, but don't want a mess of cables running to their receiver. Also, the market NVidia is targeting probably has better DAC's in their receiver than their PC.


Audiophile quality is a whole different situation, as it is PCM, not (lossy) encoded with DD. The M-Audio and Terratec cards have excellent DAC's, and when coupled with an electrically quiet PC power supply and good interconnects to an amplifier, can sound much better than an integrated at the end of a S/PDIF cable.
 

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Audiophile quality is a whole different situation, as it is PCM, not (lossy) encoded with DD.


Or you could just encode with the Lame or Franhaufer mp3 codec at 256 kbps and save the space.
 
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