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Replaced my sound card

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by Ken, Jan 13, 2002.

  1. Ken

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    Today I replaced my SB 5.1 with a M-Audio 24/96.
    What an improvement, more fidelity, deeper bass, crisper high's and over all better definition. Speach is also much clearer and intelligable. It is a bit on the expensive side, but when put into context with my sound system, it is insignificant and an obvious purchase. Highly recommended.

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    Nice one Ken,

    Where from, and how much?

    Cheers

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    A note on CD play.

    Though, without doubt the M-Audio 24/96 is the best card for DVD, the DAC output doesn't hold a candle against my stand alone CD player (Linn Karic). So it is still not a complete audio solution.
    Having said that, it is definately worth having for DVD play alone.

    Another thing, I was having some lip sync problems with the TT player with my SB 5.1, but now, with the M-Audio it seems to have gone away.

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    Yes, agreed.
    I have noticed definite sound improvement from my Hurcules Fortissimo II.
    However, the biggest factor in my decision to change was the fact that it seems much more compatable.
    I was suffering from stuttery DTS and very obvious framerate problems in both Powerdvd and TheaterTek.
    The M-audio cleared these up immediately!

    Recommended (but pricey)
     
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    With regard to cd play: Yes you are indeed correct it doesn't sound as good as my cd player (naim cd5) but then I didn't really expect it to. The naim (and presumably your linn) are highly specialised pieces of equipment, even in their field. Even in fairly high-end audio equipment there are huge differences in the WAY they play cds. The Naim for instance focuses on rhythm and timing and pays very little attention to imaging and soundstage.
    I, for instance couldn't live with the top of the range Marantz cd player any more than I could the AP 24/96.

    You pays your money, you takes your choice.

    What the AP24/96 does though is offer me the chance to play mp3 and 24/96 recordings and not be disgusted by the sound (like the fortissimo).

    Also I'm sure there are many people who use their budget dvd players to play music cds and I wouldn't be surprised if this card can put up a pretty good fight with those.
     
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    Agreed Alex,
    I didn't really expect it to be as good as my CD player, but from what I'd read on the AVS forum I expected a little more, but then it is all relative anyway.
    Not to say that this card sounds bad by the way the M-Audio is probably better than a lot of budget players.
    I have to say that my home cinema experience has definately improved by a large margin in the last month.
    Ken
     
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    I just got one on Saturday, absolutely amazing sound compared to the Soundblaster Live !!!!

    Bought it secondhand, a Bargain :)

    I Just need to buy TheaterTek as well now.

    Mark G.
     
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    Yes, TheaterTek is good - The automatic (and customisable) aspect ratio stuff is great. I also like the lack of intro graphics.
    The only thing I don't like are the on-screen graphics. I just don't think they look good on a large projection screen. I actually like the Powerdvd onscreen info (play, pause, etc) as it's just text and you can choose your own font and colour.

    With regard to your ap24/96 - if it's been around a while then make sure your drivers are up to date. Well done for finding a second hand one though!

    Good luck!
    Alex
     

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