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Maybe a little explanation will help.



DAC = Digital to Analogue Converter.
It takes the digital files (MP3, WAV, Apple ASIF, etc) and converts them to an analogue signal.

Then an amplifier amplifies that analogue signal and sends it to speakers.

On board sound systems (realteck etc.) have a built in DAC.
Sound cards have a built in DAC.

A separate outboard DAC can be used.
Prices range from $29 to the tens of thousands of dollars

A separate sound cad can be used.
Prices range from $10 to $750

A separate amplifier can be used with passive (unpowered speakers).
Again, prices range from $29 to the tens of thousands of dollars

For their computers, most people buy speakers with amplifiers built in (powered speakers) and either use on board sound or a sound card.
Edited by billbartuska - 8/17/13 at 4:32pm
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Remember that the shops usually sell DACs as DAC+op-amp combo, and only rarely as pure DACs. Meaning that some don't need amplifiers and some do (for running headphones for example).
Similar to how PC monitors are sold, they rarely tell you the most important info: is it TN or IPS?
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Originally Posted by billbartuska View Post

Maybe a little explanation will help.



DAC = Digital to Analogue Converter.
It takes the digital files (MP3, WAV, Apple ASIF, etc) and converts them to an analogue signal.

Then an amplifier amplifies that analogue signal and sends it to speakers.

On board sound systems (realteck etc.) have a built in DAC.
Sound cards have a built in DAC.

A separate outboard DAC can be used.
Prices range from $29 to the tens of thousands of dollars

A separate sound cad can be used.
Prices range from $10 to $750

A separate amplifier can be used with passive (unpowered speakers).
Again, prices range from $29 to the tens of thousands of dollars

For their computers, most people buy speakers with amplifiers built in (powered speakers) and either use on board sound or a sound card.


Thanks for the explanation, confirmed many of my doubts wink.gif
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Remember that the shops usually sell DACs as DAC+op-amp combo, and only rarely as pure DACs. Meaning that some don't need amplifiers and some do (for running headphones for example).
Similar to how PC monitors are sold, they rarely tell you the most important info: is it TN or IPS?

More tips to note!! Haha.
Probably getting myself either the swans M10 or M50w first, then I'll see how it goes. Want to try them on my onboard realtek 1150 first, and drop $150 on a DAC if I find it insufficient!
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Probably getting myself either the swans M10 or M50w first, then I'll see how it goes. Want to try them on my onboard realtek 1150 first, and drop $150 on a DAC if I find it insufficient!

We knew you could figure it out!

I'd get the better speakers though.
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We knew you could figure it out!

I'd get the better speakers though.

Aight, might go for the m50w or MK200!
Cheers for the help mate.
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