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Hello everybody.

Lately I've connected an older HiFi setup from Panasonic (can't tell exactly what model but I've been said by an audiphile friend that it's a good setup and speaker config) to my PC.

The problem is that I have a on-board sound processor, and these afaik tend to suck. It's a Realtek ALC888S.

Would be a good idea to upgrade to a dedicated sound card or is this one just fine?

With only a few exceptions my collection is on 320kbps AAC. With my currents speakers and sound processor there was no audible difference at all with freshly ripped WAV.

Thanks for the input.
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I would get a Xonar DX or D2X (which has optical out). What output are you using?
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I would get a Xonar DX or D2X (which has optical out). What output are you using?
Jack to Dual colour audio. This Panasonic Hi-Fi has my exact age (16) so the connections are completely analogic. But no way I'm ditching it, it has emotional value

So even with a Xonar DX (standard audio output) I would notice that much of a difference?
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Jack to Dual colour audio. This Panasonic Hi-Fi has my exact age (16) so the connections are completely analogic. But no way I'm ditching it, it has emotional value

So even with a Xonar DX (standard audio output) I would notice that much of a difference?
I'd go Xonar DX/D1. You might notice a sound difference if you got some good speakers. I noticed a difference even with a Logitech Z-2300(which is not hi-fi).
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It honestly depends on what kind of speakers you are using. That'll make most of the difference, but since you're using ALC888, I can tell you that even a Xonar DX will make a difference for you, most noticeably in games, but also for music. I have the ALC1200 and it's about as good as your ALC888 and it's really not good.

Not sure I'm understanding you, but it seems like you have a receiver hooked up to your computer? Try using that then? If you're not pleased with it then you can try a sound card.
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Don't know the specs but they were quite good (on words of my friend). The speakers aren't the same but the superior model to these (I remember it from buying it when I was a child).

I guess that counts as good speakers?
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