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Which is better to power 2 bookshelf speakers, Sound Card or AV Receiver?
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You will need an amp or receiver of some kind, unless you have powered monitors. Do you already have a pair of speakers or are you looking to buy?
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Originally Posted by Mygaffer View Post

You will need an amp or receiver of some kind, unless you have powered monitors. Do you already have a pair of speakers or are you looking to buy?

Wow fail, I was thinking a sound card would be an amp as well.

Don't have speakers yet but have the Definitive Technology - StudioMonitor bookshelf speakers.
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Originally Posted by WiLd FyeR View Post

Wow fail, I was thinking a sound card would be an amp as well.

Don't have speakers yet but have the Definitive Technology - StudioMonitor bookshelf speakers.

If budget is an issue then go check out your local thrift stores, you can commonly find decent receivers for prices anywhere from $20-80. Otherwise there are plenty of good stereo amps out there. Just make sure you match ohms and power handling of your speakers.
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If you're talking about that ASUS Maximus board, you don't need a sound card at all if you use the on-board optical S/PDIF output and hook it up to a cheap receiver with optical input. Digital is digital, there's no quality difference in signal between on-board S/PDIF and a dedicated sound card, both output identical signals.

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If budget is an issue then go check out your local thrift stores, you can commonly find decent receivers for prices anywhere from $20-80. Otherwise there are plenty of good stereo amps out there. Just make sure you match ohms and power handling of your speakers.

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If you're talking about that ASUS Maximus board, you don't need a sound card at all if you use the on-board optical S/PDIF output and hook it up to a cheap receiver with optical input. Digital is digital, there's no quality difference in signal between on-board S/PDIF and a dedicated sound card, both output identical signals.

Greg

Thank you for your guys input. Helps since I don't have any knowledge on audio equipment. REP+. thumb.gif

So receiver it is..
Edited by WiLd FyeR - 7/12/14 at 10:31pm
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