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Can I improve sound quality from pc ?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi guys,

At the moment I listen to CD's on my Linn Klassic and Grado SR-80's. I also have about 40GB of mp3's on my PC (iTunes) which I listen to through my motherboards crappy built in audio (line out) to aux in (phono) on my Linn.

My Linn Klassic is one of the original ones which didnt have any Digital inputs. All it has are phono inputs.

What I wanted to know is is there anything I can do to improve the sound quality of the music I play from my pc?. What are my options? or am I stuffed as my Linn has no digital inputs?

Cheers in advance
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Originally Posted by eurazmus View Post
Hi guys,

At the moment I listen to CD's on my Linn Klassic and Grado SR-80's. I also have about 40GB of mp3's on my PC (iTunes) which I listen to through my motherboards crappy built in audio (line out) to aux in (phono) on my Linn.

My Linn Klassic is one of the original ones which didnt have any Digital inputs. All it has are phono inputs.

What I wanted to know is is there anything I can do to improve the sound quality of the music I play from my pc?. What are my options? or am I stuffed as my Linn has no digital outputs?

Cheers in advance
A few options exist

1) Install a separate sound card and bypass the onboard chip
2) As 1 but a card that has a digital output and also add a separate DAC
3) As 1 or 2 but use a USB card so you dont have to open the box

1/2 are the most reliable solutions as USB can be a bit flaky with sound devices

Specifics depend on your budget and how much faffing around you want to do with
your PC internals..
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Cheers, So I will get a better signal from a Digital output thats converted to an analogue one (with a DAC) than just from the Line Out alone ya?
post #4 of 8
Depends if the separate DAC is better than the one internal. If you give a rough budget I'm sure you'll get a few options. I use the Headamp Pico (USB), Slim Devices Squeezeboxes (wireless) and Lavry DA10 (as my laptop has a optical out) for different uses. Computer audio has come a long way recently so it all depends on amount you want to toss at the problem.
post #5 of 8
You can also do some of the typical things people try to get better sound. For instance, if you are using Windows XP, it is notorious for degrading the quality of audio output due to the architecture of the OS itself. The easiest way to get around this if you're using on-board audio is to get a Kernel Streaming plugin for Winamp or Foobar, whichever you listen with. This is defenitely something you should be toying with if you do not yet use anything other than the analog-out of your on-board sound.

Winamp: Assorted Steve Monks Related Stuff

Foobar: foobar2000 components
post #6 of 8

I reccomend that you use a software called SRS premium sound HD it was a free software where it selects the setting for the best quality music whether it is gaming,movies,music

post #7 of 8

No. No way any software would ever be able to correct such a problem adequately. You're gonna need to invest in a new sound card, mate, no way around that. Why don't you grab a Xonar Essence STX, and be done with it?

post #8 of 8

The only improvement would be using a better DAC than the one in your onboard sound. You might not actually hear a difference but it's the only thing you can change.

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