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).