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I would more than likely like to grab a sound card myself, but then I would have to grab a another pc to put the GX2 in for the TC
    
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A DAC is a digital analog converter. Every sound card has a DAC, but they also have a ADC (analog to digital converter).

They are essentially a sound card without the ADC, and for the most part they have a better DAC chip. Also better components, such as opamps, caps, filters. Some have headphone amps as well.
    
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Im with this guy. I have always just relied upon integrated sound solutions but was wondering what options are there for me.

I think I saw the X-FI one at frys but they were all returns, is it a bad line?
Digital to Analog Converter.... every sound card has a DAC chip in it, it's just not very good most of the time. The DAC is what converts everything from Digital to Analog which is then passed to an amplifier (OPAMP/TUBE) and then to a transducer (headphones,speaker,ect). So it uses a digital connection from the computer such as USB,Optical, ect. Usually good high quality DACs run above $100 and much higher. I'm actually looking for one myself.
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Yeah, go with a DAC rather than a "USB Sound Card".
Depends on the price range, often you can get better quality/features in a budget soundcard than you can in low cost external DACs.

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Seconded, great performing little DAC for a steal of a price.


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Digital to Analog Converter.... every sound card has a DAC chip in it, it's just not very good most of the time. The DAC is what converts everything from Digital to Analog which is then passed to an amplifier (OPAMP/TUBE) and then to a transducer (headphones,speaker,ect). So it uses a digital connection from the computer such as USB,Optical, ect. Usually good high quality DACs run above $100 and much higher. I'm actually looking for one myself.
That's really a misconception, high end sound cards like the STX already perform near as well as thousand dollar DACs. You'll see greatly diminishing returns as you go up in price and it's more of a pursuit to find what you like best rather than what "is" best.
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Depends on the price range, often you can get better quality/features in a budget soundcard than you can in low cost external DACs.


Seconded, great performing little DAC for a steal of a price.




That's really a misconception, high end sound cards like the STX already perform near as well as thousand dollar DACs. You'll see greatly diminishing returns as you go up in price and it's more of a pursuit to find what you like best rather than what "is" best.
Yes, I suppose that is for the most part true. A lot of it is due to software that makes up for the lack of better hardware though. I know I prefer my X-Fi which was around $120 over my friend's DAC which cost a lot more.
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