Originally Posted by Uncle Erik
Given this thread's title, I was expecting the answer to be loudspeakers.
I think I'll skip the Dolby. It would be difficult to run the turntable, FM tuner and SACDs through a soundcard.
Good decision. You'd be disappointed. DH is a gimmick. I've used it for a few months and it makes every recording sound like it was made in a hall (even with the smallest room-size is selected). There is way too much reverb and the sound is echoey regardless of the track. The soundstage is large but tonal balance goes out the window, mid-bass gets boosted and muddy, highs lose their natural sparkle and details get blanketed. I was enamored by the effect when I was a newcomer here, but I learned eventually that it was way too artificial and actually fatigued/bored me in the long run.
For anyone wondering, I tried it on 3 different soundcards (STX, Claro+, Sondigo Inferno) over a period of a few months with a couple amps, and a whole host of headphones. The results were the same every time.
Edit: I also tried the Isone Pro for a week or so and it was better than DH, but still much worse than no DSP at all. The only DSP I would ever consider is the Smyth Realiser, which I've heard very good things about.