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I'm pretty new to all this audio stuff since I've been using my onboard laptop soundcard for years (Realtek HD). I was wondering if it's necessary to get a USB DAC based off of this post:

http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...-products.html

and combine it with a speaker such as the Swan D1080MkII08 which already has a built in amplifier. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Edited by kevinsun80 - 10/2/11 at 7:48am
post #2 of 7
A sound card is enough; something like a Xonar DG or DX is good.

EDIT: It's for a laptop...yeah, just get something like a Fiio D3
Edited by FearSC549 - 10/2/11 at 12:19pm
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Thanks Fear for your answer. On the other posts though it mentions DAC's ranging around $100. What would you recommend? Is there a significant difference between the $100 range models and the FiiO?
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I would recommend Creative's X-FI HD USB DAC. I just got mine a few weeks ago. I am not going to repeat what I just posted on a different thread, but it's awesome. My headphones sound so much better, and the thing needs no software (Windows USB sound driver is enough, but Creative has a pretty sophisticated software bundle for it as well if you need it). The cool thing about this USB DAC is that there are line out connections, which are much better for driving external amplified speakers instead of using headphone jack. Don't get a sound card. If you want best sound quality from speakers, external USB DAC is the best because it does not have to deal with all electromagnetic interference inside of PC. A sound card with the same fidelity will cost 2x as much.
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Thanks ZAKOH. That Creative DAC USB is on the top of my list right now. The Fiio can't connect to the computer directly by USB it looks like.

So based off the other forum's post, Zero DAC and Musiland Monitor 02 DAC were on the top of the list. Has anyone tried them and is there a difference in sound quality?
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Just a quick update: I bought the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD USB and I'll test it out in 2 days once I receive it from Amazon. Also, if anyone could provide feedback on the Musiland Monitor 02 DAC or HIFIDIY Aune Mini MK2, that'd be awesome. How does it compare to the Creative card I just bought.

Thank you.
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Head down to Head-Fi as there seems to be lots of Musiland Monitor 01/02 owners who can share feedback
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