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Windows 7: Output sound to external DAC

10 Apr 2010   #11
linnemeyerhere

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My ears tell me that the usb which unfortunatly is the only connection with your laptop as well as mine have for this purpose produced a ton of jitter and I could hear the usb breathing through my very high res. system! This was through a Cambridge Audio DAC magic. Note: I'm an audiophile and I live for this stuff. Changing over to a music server with a sound card with optical outs solved this dilema. Stay tuned as huge advancements are coming in hi-end audio for our computers.....of course with a high cost if this is what you want and can benefit from.


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11 Apr 2010   #12
HAWC145

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

As well I have an older computer (desktop) running windows xp

It has a line out, is that line out to my amp any good
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12 Apr 2010   #13
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HAWC145 View Post
As well I have an older computer (desktop) running windows xp

It has a line out, is that line out to my amp any good
Yep... all you need is the right cord... 1/8" male stereo phone plug on one end, 2 RCA males on the other.
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12 Apr 2010   #14
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
My ears tell me that the usb which unfortunatly is the only connection with your laptop as well as mine have for this purpose produced a ton of jitter and I could hear the usb breathing through my very high res. system! This was through a Cambridge Audio DAC magic. Note: I'm an audiophile and I live for this stuff. Changing over to a music server with a sound card with optical outs solved this dilema. Stay tuned as huge advancements are coming in hi-end audio for our computers.....of course with a high cost if this is what you want and can benefit from.
It's not the USB connection it's Win7... There are some seriously latency problems that even these old ears can hear... high end audio is only going to make it more apparent.

High end computer audio... XP is the OS of choice.

This I can confirm as I just had to put XP back in my HTPC as the only way to fix the problems (and in the face of a family rebellion...).
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12 Apr 2010   #15
HAWC145

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

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Yep... all you need is the right cord... 1/8" male stereo phone plug on one end, 2 RCA males on the other.
Would you recogmend any cables for under 20.00
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12 Apr 2010   #16
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HAWC145 View Post
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Yep... all you need is the right cord... 1/8" male stereo phone plug on one end, 2 RCA males on the other.
Would you recogmend any cables for under 20.00
Wires is wires a $20.00 cable is not significantly better than a $6.00 one... the big criterion here is making sure it's long enough.

Plus... it appears we are on opposite sides of the ocean, so what you got over there ain't likely to be what we got over here...
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