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does this issue also exist when plugging speakers or headphones directly into your integrated sound card?

Yes, I JUST figured it out though.

Seems as though Malwarebytes was the culprit. I have no idea why it was causing high latency issues, but closing it completely fixed my latency problems. I figured this out after a bit of googling.
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Yes, I JUST figured it out though.

Seems as though Malwarebytes was the culprit. I have no idea why it was causing high latency issues, but closing it completely fixed my latency problems. I figured this out after a bit of googling.

Glad you found it, antivirus programs running in the background can definitely cause all sorts of performance issues when they are running a scan. I am glad it was something so simple, and you don't need to go out and buy new hardware biggrin.gif.
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Glad you found it, antivirus programs running in the background can definitely cause all sorts of performance issues when they are running a scan. I am glad it was something so simple, and you don't need to go out and buy new hardware biggrin.gif.

Same thumb.gif Guess I'll just run scans every now and then. Viruses are rare anyways, no need for constant protection.

I still might however eventually upgrade to a dedicated soundcard. I want the best audio quality possible.... but is it worth my time doing so if I'm only going to be using the analog output ? I rarely watch Blu Rays anymore and only listen to music. I'm a stickler when it comes to having a proper 2 channel setup (sub too if necessary) so analog is my best option. I could still run a optical out to my receiver but then the "audio out" through RCA to the monitors wouldn't work. It seems to only work when using analog inputs on the receiver.

Plus I want to keep the mixer in the setup so it's going to have to stay analog, which I have no problem with. Just want to know if buying a decent soundcard is going to make a difference in analog sound quality. I noticed you have an Asus Xonar DX. Looks to be a good card. I'm looking for a card for MUSIC, not gaming, just to note.

I need to buy another balanced XLR cable so I can run both monitors with balanced cables too. Just preferred. Even though the TRS 1/4 I have are balanced, the control room output on my mixer is an unbalanced output, which I don't understand why since it's pretty common to use for monitors.
Edited by hatrix216 - 3/31/13 at 11:17pm
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post #14 of 18
Having a dedicated sound card will definitely clean up the signal quite a bit, yet I do not know what impact your receiver and mixer have on the signal and how it will effect the sound. Essentially I don't want to recommend a sound card and have it sound no better than what you have due to your signal chain.

I can recommend the Asus Xonar DX however as a standalone dedicated sound card for music. The only issue I had with it was noise from GPU when gaming, however this could just be a fluke with my system.

My speculation is that a dedicated sound card will improve your overall sound quality, however you will still be limited by the source files you play, and the receiver you have. If you do wind up getting a dedicated sound card, it wouldn't hurt to audition the card alone and then with the receiver to see how each component will impact your overall sound quality. You may also find that the mixer is unnecessary with a dedicate sound card.
post #15 of 18
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Good points. I'm still trying to decide between a soundcard and a USB DAC. I'm just really worried about the soundcard blocking the fans on my GPU. It'll be literally right against it, unfortunately. So it might not really be an option.....

With a USB DAC expansion slots will never be a problem and it's portable.

For source music, just about everything I play is 320kbps or V0 MP3s. I'm a member of What.cd so I can always download the best quality available. I have some FLAC too but not anywhere near as many mainly due to hard drive space and not always an audible difference. I use Winamp to play music and have it set so everything plays at 24bit/44100 Hz since it's my onboards default format. Well, 24/48000 is but I know music standard is 16/44100. I just have the option to output 24bit, so why not. With my current setup music sounds fantastic, I really love the Mackie MR5MK2s.

I might not have to use the mixer, regardless of a USB DAC or soundcard solution. Any DAC I buy will have outputs that can go directly to my monitors and a volume control which means I can skip the mixer. But I can also choose to go from the DAC to the mixer then to the monitors just for availability of more source inputs and more volume control/EQ settings. I also have one hardware synthesizer that would benefit from the mixer. I may also buy more hardware down the road like EQs and such for better quality. Having programs is great but I love having physical hardware.

Receiver will probably be removed from my setup and sold or used elsewhere. I'm either going to buy an inline LPF or a new plate amp with one built in, then I can just output directly from the mixer to the sub. It's a nice receiver, great sound quality and features for a 5.1 setup. I'm just not using it to it's full potential though. Might just hook it up to my TV/cable box so I can stop using my TV speakers and use some real speakers rolleyes.gif

After doing a lot of reading, seems a good DAC/Audio interface will offer better sound quality than a soundcard. That means I'm spending at least around $150 though so who knows when this will happen.... It's not necessary but I do love my collection of audio components and anything offering higher quality is going to want me having it.
Edited by hatrix216 - 4/1/13 at 12:29am
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post #16 of 18
If your worried about spacing for a discrete sound card, perhaps an external DAC is the best solution. I unfortunately don't know enough about them to really give any advice on them, other than where I can send you to find out.


We have a thread here on OCN for most recommended audio stuff, I recommend checking that out here : http://www.overclock.net/t/1014902/ocns-most-recommended-audio-products
Also, there is another forum that is all about Hifi audio and related substance, head on over there for more information on what your looking for: http://www.Headfi.org

Good luck on your journey to excellent audio!
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Thanks for the links ! Already looked at the recommended one but yea I wasn't sure where to even post this thread ! So the Hi-Fi section might be better, though what I'm working with is actually near field speakers. Still, I appreciate the help biggrin.gif
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Thanks for the links ! Already looked at the recommended one but yea I wasn't sure where to even post this thread ! So the Hi-Fi section might be better, though what I'm working with is actually near field speakers. Still, I appreciate the help biggrin.gif

While HeadFi is predominantly about headphones, there is quite the wealth of knowledge on DACs, and amps, which is the main reason I recommend that as a resource. They do have a computer audio subforum, and im sure there is a wealth of knowledge regarding speakers, monitors and related gear as well. thumb.gif
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