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Love my STX. Was simply amazed at what I could hear in my music after installing it.
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@dvlux Why thank you smile.gif Forgiveness is always good. thumb.gif

Back to the subject at hand - what do you think of this card? Home Theater nuts would love this card, as there are many people experimenting with removing replacing a receiver or prepro with a computer .
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I won't be leaving the STX till it's good and dead AND irreparable.

If the STX II is just as good, this will be hands down the better choice than anything Creative ever comes up with. That is just my personal experience though.
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freq. response will be ruler flat (like it should be) up to 20kHz so that should be a non-factor.
No doubt. Even as such, I'm quite confident that in many cases if there are no measurements that would be reported accurately and with tolerances, it seems fishy. In cases like this, it implies the product has a target audience other than those who actually know audio and know what to look for.

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Home Theater nuts would love this card, as there are many people experimenting with removing replacing a receiver or prepro with a computer .
I would much rather take a digital output to my receiver to avoid ground loops/interference. Receivers also have per-channel parametric equalizer, and multiple analog and digital inputs. Way different market segment IMO.
Edited by seepra - 3/27/14 at 11:21am
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Back to the subject at hand - what do you think of this card? Home Theater nuts would love this card, as there are many people experimenting with removing replacing a receiver or prepro with a computer .

Dedicated Receivers have much better D/A chips, so I don't think anyone would be using it for Home Theater.
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Dedicated Receivers have much better D/A chips, so I don't think anyone would be using it for Home Theater.
You'd be surprised at some of the trash D/A chips in some receivers, and if you're able - what would you do throw down $300 on a sound card or $1k on a receiver - your call.
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You'd be surprised at some of the trash D/A chips in some receivers, and if you're able - what would you do throw down $300 on a sound card or $1k on a receiver - your call.

I rather throw down 1k on a receiver, honestly, assuming quality is in line with the price. I will get much more use out of a receiver, overall.
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You'd be surprised at some of the trash D/A chips in some receivers, and if you're able - what would you do throw down $300 on a sound card or $1k on a receiver - your call.
The DA chip alone doesn't describe the allegedly different sound signature of a circuitry. The chip doesn't magically provide miniscule distortion for instance, if the surrounding circuitry is sub-par, is used off a sub-par power supply/voltage, and a lot of other factors. You can grab a great receiver for $400-500, whereas splurging $300 on an unbalanced internal DAC and then trying to afford power amplifier for your speakers with less money seems unlikely at best (unless one is okay with Class-D amps based on TPA3116, TA2020 or other neat and affordable ICs)

It's neither necessary to glorify the single SNR spec as much as they're hyping it. Undithered CD and 16-bit FLAC sources have a SNR of 96dB. To fully enjoy a 124dB SNR you would have to play at a level where loudest signal in a digital file is over 124dB, and that'd break most headphones and most certainly cause permanent injury.
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Does anyone have a good link for a noob's guide to sound cards? Why someone who doesn't even know how much he's missing compared to an audiophile would want one, what benefits they provide, what sort of equipment I'd want to connect to one, that sort of thing? Ideally something somewhat technical, with more than the metaphory-style "warmer" "better" "fuller" language.

I'm going on 12 years now of building my own PCs, and not a single one of them has had a sound card, only the output on the back of the motherboard. I know it's crap, but I don't know it's crap, you get me?
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cant you pair a sound card with a receiver?
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