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Windows 7: Any good Audio cards capable of handling SACD quality

17 Nov 2012   #1

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
Any good Audio cards capable of handling SACD quality

Hi there
This is to any "Extreme Audiophiles" out there

I'd like to be able to Stream SACD quality sound into a decent set of "Studio monitoring" speakers -- but find typical Audio cards on most computers --while adequate for most situations aren't up to the job for this type quality sound.

Modern sound cards seem to be designed for Movies / home cinema systems etc -- great for this stuff -- but not at all "fit for purpose" for SACD quality classical music.

Google hasn't helped here either -- this is I think going to have to be a "Home build" type of project -- I'm not a gamer so I don't need the extreme video cards but I do want as nearly perfect sound as I can get with good digital output -- also the A/D and D/A converters need to be FIRST CLASS -- this is what lets down most computer systems as the sound is usually FIRST converted to analog (D/A) and then BACK to digital ( A/D ) for digital output. It's done like this since computers have a slot for Speaker Out / headphones out as well as Microphone in.

My sound card would not even NEED the first A/D conversion unless I'm using a microphone.

(Incidentally I'm not against using music player type devices on trains etc so I've my fair share of music at mp3 etc but at home I want the best quality sound I can get - even FLAC through standard sound cards doesn't sound anything as good as the "Native CD" played on a Marantz CD player into a decent amplifier / speaker set).



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