Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Sound Cards and Computer Audio › Double Checking for sound system
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Double Checking for sound system

post #1 of 2
Thread Starter 
Ok, so my first ever receiver and real speakers are in the mail and I just want to make sure about a couple things.

First off. I will be running fiber optic from my pc to my receiver (which is hooked up to my tv, its being used as a HTPC). Now, from what I have read, either the difference is so minimal that I wont be able to tell, OR, there is zero difference at all. Because I have considered picking up a Xonar STX for my pc.

Next, fiber optic cable vs coax digital cable. Which is better? If I understood everything I read, coax is better /w sound card only. But I also read a few people saying that they are the same in quality. Sooo....which? lol

Also, not sure if this is the right place to post this question: But should I stick with windows 7? Because I was considering switching to Linux for S's & G's. I want to try out FLAC /w winamp for improved audio quality (I'm an audiophile in training lol, started researching FLAC today).

Reason I ask the OS question. My HTPC is currently a Dell XPS 420. Say what you want, but for the $700 I paid for it over 3 years ago, its a damn good computer. BUT. I was about to rip out the CPU and Mobo to stick it into a new case (since I don't care for it and wanted a cleaner looking case), but I will need to get a new mobo it seems since mobo layout appears to be specified for that specific case. But I digress. I may be going ahead and buying a new mobo and case, rip out the Q6600 in the XPS, slap it together and instead of reinstalling win7 (gotta install xp then upgrade to 7 lol), just try out Linux. Anyone have experience with Linus in a HTPC, or any real difference?

BTW: for those that care, 4gb RAM, 8800gts (putting in a 5770 instead) and wifi card installed in my HTPC (not sure how the drivers work for linux with GPU and wifi cards (Linksys)).
Edited by waldoh74 - 5/7/11 at 3:13pm
Redrum
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 @ 4 Ghz Asus Rampage III Extreme Asus 580 DCII OCZ 12gb 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Agility Corsair Force GT 7200 HDD 7200 HDD 
Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
8x Asus Bluray Windows 7 Home 64, Ubuntu 11.04 Samsung 27" LCD Ducky MX Reds 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair 850 Corsair 800D Steel Series Sensei Steel Series 9HD 
AudioOther
Asus Xonar STX A900 (music/FPS), G930 (MMO/vent) 
  hide details  
Reply
Redrum
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 @ 4 Ghz Asus Rampage III Extreme Asus 580 DCII OCZ 12gb 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Agility Corsair Force GT 7200 HDD 7200 HDD 
Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
8x Asus Bluray Windows 7 Home 64, Ubuntu 11.04 Samsung 27" LCD Ducky MX Reds 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair 850 Corsair 800D Steel Series Sensei Steel Series 9HD 
AudioOther
Asus Xonar STX A900 (music/FPS), G930 (MMO/vent) 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 2
Optical vs. Coax... Really no difference in transmission quality. I prefer optical since it cannot pick up signal noise from other componants. I had that problem on an old computer with a CRT, not apparent with current pc+HDTV; however still running optical since the Bluray is using the Coax.

Flac is a great audio format, and not a bad idea for a direction for the future; but dont hate on the MP3 320 too hard. It is still a good quality. Lossless also sound good, just a bit bulky for my tastes. If I were ripping a large CD collection at this point FLac would be a good choice. As it is mine is mostly in 320 and I don't have any plans to go through that project again any time soon.
Mako
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD 1090T Asus M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 MSI R5770 Hawk 4x4GB G.Skill 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial M4 WD 2x2T Black, 1T Black, 1T Blue 2TB, 1TB, 500GB Asus CD/DVD 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Hyper 212+ p/p Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium OEM Vizio XVT472SV 1920x1080 Logitech K120 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec EarthWatts EA650 Xion CyborgX Logitech G500 SteelSeries QcK 
Audio
Onkyo 5.1 
  hide details  
Reply
Mako
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD 1090T Asus M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 MSI R5770 Hawk 4x4GB G.Skill 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial M4 WD 2x2T Black, 1T Black, 1T Blue 2TB, 1TB, 500GB Asus CD/DVD 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Hyper 212+ p/p Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium OEM Vizio XVT472SV 1920x1080 Logitech K120 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec EarthWatts EA650 Xion CyborgX Logitech G500 SteelSeries QcK 
Audio
Onkyo 5.1 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Sound Cards and Computer Audio
Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Sound Cards and Computer Audio › Double Checking for sound system