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Sound Card for a newbie

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by pcpaz, Jan 9, 2003.

  1. pcpaz

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    What would you recommend for the following setup.

    Sound delivered to a entry level amplifier and then fed into a pair of floor standing speakers.

    I will mainly be watching movies from the HCPC and also listening to music.

    Your help would be great.

    P.S. Is a Creative SoundBlaster Live! 5.1 a good card?
     
  2. Pack Dude

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    I used a soundblaster live with a pair of floor standing speakers for some time. The analog output from the card is not so good. I always had a small hum with mine. I am now using the digital output from it on another PC, the digital output is a lot better.

    Do you have an amp with a digital input? If not I would try and buy a better card.
     
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    Thanks for the info. So if I buy an amp with a digital input, does that mean that my twin RCA OFC cable will be redundant and what type of cables will I need to connect the sound card with digital output to the digital input on the amp.

    Is S/pdif the same as digital?
     
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    do you own an amp? or speakers yet?

    how much money are you planning on spending?

    yep the spdif is a digital output. your soundblaster should have one. You only need one cable from this output with a RCA plug at one end and a mini mono jack at the other that plugs into the soundcard.
     

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