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What sound card to get to play with a receiver?

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Well I asked this question before but that was to get me into the right ball park. In a few weeks I am gonna venture out and replace this terrible on board audio with a decent card. Now I don't want to spend to much money.

So I was looking at this Asus Xonar DG 5.1 I usually never use more then 2 channels but I just compared that card to this Asus Xonar DS and it said it came with bass management and all that good stuff. So what do you think I should get? Should I just look at a completely different option?
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If the receiver isn't a Sony junker it will probably have a better DAC then a 30/40$ sound card. Just run a digital coax to the receiver and turn off all PC sound processing.
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If the receiver isn't a Sony junker it will probably have a better DAC then a 30/40$ sound card. Just run a digital coax to the receiver and turn off all PC sound processing.
oh I probably should have mentioned that its a vintage receiver. so Digital coax isn't an option. A Technics Sa 101
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If the receiver isn't a Sony junker it will probably have a better DAC then a 30/40$ sound card.
As far as upping the quality, you might want to look at the Xonar DX, which uses a different hardware than the DS. I run my old Pioneer receiver into one of those with an RCA-->3.5mm cable. Also have a phonograph hooked up.
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If the receiver isn't a Sony junker it will probably have a better DAC then a 30/40$ sound card. Just run a digital coax to the receiver and turn off all PC sound processing.
Even a Sony junker would have a better DAC than most <$100 sound cards .
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