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a few weeks back someone said that if you are running digital audio you sound card doesn't mater as much as most of the work will be done by the preamp is this true? the reason I ask is I am on a tight budget and need to do a complete overhaul of my sound system and would like to know what to get first a good preamp or a good sound card?

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Hi, I had the exact same question a few weeks ago, and the general concensus was that if you run a digital output it shouldnt matter if you use an onboard output or an output from a soundcard, I havent had a chance to test my setup yet(i choose to just use the motherboards output) so i cant really say for definate if there's a difference. I think whats most important is that the external DAC you use has a 'clock jitter' eliminating feature as I hear this can be a problem with digital outputs from computers,

Here's a link to the thread I asked the same question in
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thanks man you were a great help

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