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Digital Amp

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by calvinhobbes, Feb 5, 2003.

  1. calvinhobbes

    calvinhobbes
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    I am looking to use my PC as the basis for my home audio and theatre. I am planning on getting the TerraTec Aureon sound card which has 8 (7.1) channel sound, with a digital input and output, as I hear that’s the best on the market. My PC already has a DVD+RW drive, so I don’t need that.

    Could someone tell me what else I need for a high quality audio and theatre experience? Do I just need an Amp with speakers or do I need a pre-amp or receiver. If its just the amp + speakers, does anyone have a suggestion for an amp+speaker system that can take digital input and directly convert it to 8 channel digital sound rather than going through DAC (or does it not make a difference to sound quality)? I’m looking to spend less than £500.

    Any thoughts / help would be much appreciated.
    :)
     
  2. EvilMudge

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    Any modern AV receiver should accept the digital output from your soundcard in a pure digital form.
    If you want to use the card's onboard decoding then a set of seven single channel power amplifiers and a 7.1 speaker set will do the job, but you will be using the sound card's DAC rather than the one in an AV receiver.
    HTH
     

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