Computer Hookup to Home Stereo


S

Sarah

Hi,

I currently listen to the music files on my computer through my home stereo
system, using a cable from the computer's line out jack to the stereo. It
actually works quite well. My question has to do with a sound card or, in
this case, the lack of one. If I were to purchase one of the newer sound
cards, instead of using the "integrated audio" that came with the computer,
would it make a difference in audio quality? Or would it not matter since
the quality of the audio is determined by the stereo system, regardless of
the source?

Just curious, and I am most grateful for any recommendations.

Sarah
 
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G

Guest

The quality has to do with both the soundcard and the source, your stereo
input. A good quality soundcard will cost you at least $100. Unless your
ears are very sensitive, leave your present system alone and have fun with
it.
 
P

Paul

would it make a difference in audio quality? Or would it not matter since
the quality of the audio is determined by the stereo system, regardless of
the source?

For a good quality sound card, have a look at the parameter called signal to
noise ratio, the higher the better. look for around 90db or above
 
G

Guest

If you are connected via an optical spidif cable, the signal processing is
done in the receiver. Purchacing an expensive sound card would be a waste.
 
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M

Mb

If you go analog, I don't think you'll notice much difference. On the
other hand if you go digital the difference is noticeable.

In order to go digital your amplifier has to have a digital input and
your sound card a digital output. So, even if you buy a new card with an
optical out you still might need to buy a new amplifier/receiver (if it
doesn't have an optical input).

If you already have a receiver which has an optical/digital input, then
I'd suggest getting a new card. The sound is much nicer.
 
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