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Hello there

so after tinkering all my components inside my RIG I am now in pursuit of getting some nice audio output. Let me fastly explain what is my situation now:

I am using my 2 speakers (JVC SP - E35) connected to JVC DR-E34LBK (yeah old but still good I think - it was a present from my dad lol smile.gif). From this reciever I am using "RCA to 3,5mm" jack cable and plug into my onboard audio chip (realtek alc 898).

Also sometimes when I need to, I connect my Sennheiser 360 G4ME headset to PC and use it.

Now to my main problem / question. I think that this onboard audio chip is not enough for using full potential of my speakers. I have two concerns:

1) Should I buy internal sound card (pcie slot) or some external one ? If i go internal I would grab Asus Xonar Essence STX. If I should go external, I dont have any clue smile.gif Any advice ? Which are better ?

and my second concern:

2) Is there something wrong with my connection setup. I mean if I would buy a sound card and connect my speakers like I have it now (Speakers --> Reciever --> Sound card) will I use full potential of this new audio card or is there a catch and speakers need to be connected directly to sound card (Speakers --> Sound card) ?

Sorry if I am looking like complete idiot, but I just dont know a thing about audio setup and stuff smile.gif

Thank you for your help
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post #2 of 8
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Originally Posted by Lukas026 View Post

Speakers --> Reciever --> Sound card

Your post is confusing and hard to understand.

When you describe a component set up you usually use the path the sound takes.
So, in the example above it would be:
Source (where the sound is from ie mp3, phonpgraph. computer game, etc) > Sound card > Receiver > Speakers.

In the beginning of you post you say "From this reciever I am using "RCA to 3,5mm" jack cable and plug into my onboard audio chip." That implies that the output from the receiver is going into the sound chip????

Now that that's settled:

What do you want to listen to, music, games? FM broadcasts,, etc.?
If music, what is your source, what kinds of music, and what kind of sound do you like, boomy bass, clear highs, accurate mid range, etc.?

And finally what is you budget?
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ah sorry for my mistake...didnt realize it

anyway my main focus will be gaming and watching movies. I am not an audiophile but I would like to get the best from my parts smile.gif

my budget is 350$

hope you can throw me some advices

thanks
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For movies, you'll want an Asus card for dolby. Even though you can only do 2 channel output, you can downmix 5.1/7.1 feeds and simulate a 5.1/7.1 setup.

A used Xonar ST/STX would be ideal, if you can afford it. It has enough juice to driver higher impedance headphones if you get them. Otherwise, anything with a low output impedance should be fine.
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hmm okey. i was reading some posts on the web and many users saing, that using external sound card has many advantages (mobiity / no interference / no driver problems) over internal ones. is this true ?

If yes can you point me some good external cards in my price range ?
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Externals (the good ones) are plug&play while internals are not.
But the externals have very little (to none) DSP options, for example the only way to get binaural simulation from your headphones would be Razer Surround.
Different binaural simulations in action: (Click to show)

Edited by Tiihokatti - 11/23/13 at 4:54pm
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AudioQuest Dragonfly DAC $250.
Stereophile:
Review 1
Review 2

JPlay 99 EUR (note this is NOT JRiver, that's something different!)
"Instantly transform your PC into high-end digital transport. Introducing a number of world's-first features for the ultimate PC-based music playback"

I use both with a Yamaha MX-800 amp, class A 170 W/C, no preamp, Amphion Argon 2 speakers, and a JBL 12" sub.

The way I use JPlay allows you to copy the music files onto the memory sticks in your PC, then it puts the PC into hibernate mode and, using Windows Kernel Streaming, sends a digital stream to the DAC (using the DACs clock). My computer does not have a sound card and it's on board sound is disabled in device manager.
Edited by billbartuska - 11/23/13 at 5:09pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lukas026 View Post

hmm okey. i was reading some posts on the web and many users saing, that using external sound card has many advantages (mobiity / no interference / no driver problems) over internal ones. is this true ?

If yes can you point me some good external cards in my price range ?

You would need some keen hearing and a really expensive pair of headphones or speakers in a quiet reference room to notice the difference between an ST(X) and a great external DAC or a reciever with digital input. But like Tihho said, the DSPs make a big difference, especially with headphones.
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