Does your real problem just relate to getting the signal noise free to the amplifier? You believe the M-Audio card is somehow the culprit? I take it you are also paranoid about using windows as volume control, which I'm guessing people here will deem to be an irrational concern. Is the main issue just wanting a volume control knob, or do you really believe in this "Windows bitstream" problem?
Focusrite Scarlet 2i4There are shed loads of alternatives for more or less the same price (~$200).All you will ever need. If you really have bundles of cash load you can go top of the range, in quality if not price and get aRME Babyface
If you want to bypass the win mixer, you need a media player allowing you to choose different drivers.WMP don't but Foobar, MusicBee, JRiver, etc do.ASIO can only be used if your hardware supports it.A good alternative is WASAPI, works in general nicely with USB DACs
Quote from: RonaldDumsfeld on 06 April, 2013, 03:28:53 PMFocusrite Scarlet 2i4There are shed loads of alternatives for more or less the same price (~$200).All you will ever need. If you really have bundles of cash load you can go top of the range, in quality if not price and get aRME BabyfaceDang. Goes to show no matter how thoroughly you think you've looked, there are always things you miss. Both of these have a lot more functions than I need, but at least it's something else to consider. Thank you.I'd really like to find something along the lines of the Cambridge Audio or ASUS processors for $200. THAT would be a good deal.
Jason. Do yourself a favor and don't waste your time posting in this thread anymore.
But since I'm not very bright sometimes, explain it to me. "Belief" normally pertains to the unprovable. However, I'm pretty sure that a 16-bit sine wave attenuated digitally by 12dB is going to contain fewer bits than it started out with, rendering it now a ... (estimating here) 13-bit sine wave that's going to spray around a lot more harmonic content. Etc. And while we're on the subject, you do realize that there are hundreds of posts here discussing how to avoid Windows Audio processing, e.g. configuring Foobar2000 to bypass the Windows Audio Mixer. Why do you suppose so many people seem to be interested in doing that?
FWIW, the Windows volume control does not use digital attenuation, so your concern here is unfounded.
Your decision to flounce angrily instead of providing any actual response to JasonQ's points is noted, and perhaps indicative. Do you have so strong an emotional desire to spend $500+ on a DAC that you'll dismiss anyone who questions whether it's worthwhile?
I'd really like to find something along the lines of the Cambridge Audio or ASUS processors for $200. THAT would be a good deal.
I don't know enough about all versions of Windows nor all hardware, but if my hardware doesn't have an analog volume control then this must happen through digital scaling, right?
Mustn't this also be the case with a digital output that can be attenuated?
If I play over USB or Toslink, I can reduce the volume to 0 using the Win system volume control.I do think this can only be done digital.
If you want to correct someone no need to insult them jeez. Not everyone knows everything, and this does not necessarily mean that they are irrational. I really do not understand why this forum is so hostile. I think most of you guys need to see a shrink for anger management. :\(feel free to delete this as off topic after you have read it)