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Have I just thrown away £100?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Comer, Mar 12, 2002.

  1. Comer

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    I was down to buying the MAudio delta dio 24/96 or the Delta dio 24/48. I ordered the 24/96 at almost twice the price of the 24/48. I will only be using the pc for dolby digital watching DVDs. Have I just thrown away the bones of £100, would the 24/48 have been just as good as the 24/96 for DD passthrough? If anybody knows (99% sure anyway) perhaps they could let me know as it may not be too late to change my order.


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  2. Jeff

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    I doubt anyone here knows for sure, Cliff from Digital Connections would be the person to ask. You could to post on AVS and see if he bites.

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    I would be interested to know too :), my only wild guess is that 24/96 is futureproof for Home Theatre?.

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    why didn't you ask/find out/research before ordering?
     
  5. Comer

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    Very good question. I did. The answer to the post that I put up suggested to go down the more expensive route. However if I had to make a mistake, I would prefere to be stuck with a sound card that was too good rather than not good enough.

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    I posted the origonal post at the Avsforum and yes Cliff Watson did bite (I wonder if he knew that it is from him I have ordered the sound card). The thread has developed into a discussion that is about six and a half miles over my head but I did get this to the question as to which card, the 26/48 or the 26/96:


    duell
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    "He does have a good point... since he's not decoding anything on the PC and only passing SPDIF, there probably isn't any real reason to get a 24/96 card..."



    To which Cliff answered:

    "Only if he does not mind loosing the bass resolution, high frequency clarity and hall effects."

    Cliff Watson

    The link to the full thread is here

    I think that I'll let the order for the 26/96 card stand.

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    Ahem,

    I use the 24/96 and did prefer its audio to the 24/48. Its a great card. Worth the extra? Yes if you are not on a strict budget. This card will stay with you as your experience/HCPC evolves. The 24/48 may not have.

    Jenz.
     
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    So how does the sound card make a difference to bit stream pass-thru then ? It's just compressed data - isn't it like asking which hard disk gives the best zip file quality ? I was just going to get a Soundblaster 4.1 for spdif output see.

    This is all getting far too expensive :(
     
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    This is the same answer to the coaxial/optical connection discussion - jitter! As much as we should believe the ads in local high street retailer, "digital" isn't perfect :( If so, that mp3 you downloaded should sound the same as the CD you bought and played 100 times...

    The fact of the matter is when the soundcard/DVD/CD e.t.c processes it's info, some is lost/thrown away/misinterpreted, and then guessed at, corrected and put out the speakers ;) The difference between an average device and a better one is how accurate this conversion is.

    If digital was perfect, we'd all have $10 soundcards and $100 DVDs, and $1 optical cables. Well I would anyway!!
     
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    I was going to say "is it down to jitter or something" and it is ! I know everything ! :rolleyes:

    I'll investigate other soundcards anyway - I don't have a DTS amp but do have 5 analog inputs so might just as well look at DTS decoding soundcards with an spdif for DD.
     

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