I am looking for high quality sound card. I want pure good sound. Nothing else. Support for games is in last place. I will use it mainly for listening to music and a little of watching movies. And maybe for occasional recording use... And card must have full Vista support. What to choose?
I'd recommend buying the cheapest soundcard you can find with an optical digital output and then outputting it to a standalone Dolby Digital Hi-Fi amplifier. This places the DACs at a sensible distance (and with no direct electrical connection) from the electrical storm of interference that lives inside every PC and gives you the option of using proper Dolby Digital Pro-Logic II for films/music.I took this approach when setting up my PC media centre/home cinema and always receive compliments on the sound quality from everybody who hears it. Cheers, Slipstreem.
I'm looking to do just that. My current card converts everything to 48Khz though. I'll need one that will pass 2 channel 44.1Khz and not mess with it.
Quote from: ethanw on 23 April, 2008, 06:00:40 PMI'm looking to do just that. My current card converts everything to 48Khz though. I'll need one that will pass 2 channel 44.1Khz and not mess with it.If your endpoint device uses 48/96/192 kHz DACs then it will convert the 44kHz data to its native samplerate and bit depth as well. Or do you think that those devices have multiple DACs, one for each sampling rate/bit depth? The quality of resamplers used is a different story, though...
The Asus sound cards are reportedly excellent. My onboard audio suits me fine for now, but if I were to buy a new soundcard for music listening, I'd go for the Asus Xonar DX.
If you're planning on using the S/PDIF output to drive a separate AV amplifier, just pick up a $30 C-Media CM8738/8768-based sound card and run dOgbert's bit-perfect drivers. You can't get better than bit-perfect, to the best of my knowledge. Cheers, Slipstreem.
@SlipstreemThanks for all help but as i said for now i need just the best sound card for money. AV amplifier is for now out of my range. So if i go and buy one of these what is best buy in terms of sound quality? And will i be able to fully playback DVD VIDEO (concerts) and ripped video? Stereo in all i need. No surround because i dont have surround system.Emu 0404 USB 2.0Asus Xonar D2XM-Audio Audiophile 192Audiotrak Prodigy HD2 Prodigy 7.1 HiFiESI Juli@Again. For now sound card is only option. What to buy?
Why not buy it in America or ebay? You probably save a ton of money since the dollar is so much weaker compared to the euro or pound.