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do amps have built in sound cards?

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probably a stupid question. but if i buy an amp, do i need to buy an external usb sound card to attach to it if my onboard audio is terrible?

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Originally Posted by TomatoTen View Post

Probably a stupid question. but if i buy an amp, do i need to buy an external usb sound card to attach to it if my on-board audio is terrible?

Amplifiers (in general) do not come with built in sound cards.

Please provide the details of you current setup, maybe someone on Head-Fi can figure out how to improve your audio quality.

Sometimes you can use your current built-in audio features with an external DAC/amp.

post #3 of 6
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i'm in the process of building a mITX build (it will definitely be mITX, its non-negotiable) so this mean i cant have a dedicated sound card

 

my mobo will either be an asus p8z77-i deluxe or a p8h77-i

either way, the onboard audio is supposed to be subpar

 

 

i'm looking into purchasing a dac/amp/external usb sound card all for less than $100, and purely for my desktop. so it wont be moved at all.

 

i will probably be getting the beyer 770 pro 80 ohms, purely for home/desktop use too.

post #4 of 6

As the motherboards come with DTS audio, it might be better to hook up an external DAC/Amp to the S/PDIF Toslink optical output on the motherboard.

Use the motherboard's built in audio functions (DTS), but use a better DAC & amp for the headphones.

 

SMSL SD-793II  $60

http://www.ebay.com/itm/280962959972?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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does the p8h77-i also come with dts audio? that will the mobo i will most likely buy, since it is $100 cheaper

i couldn't find the internal sound card specs for the p8h77 mobo (the cheaper one, costs $99)

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Originally Posted by TomatoTen View Post

does the p8h77-i also come with dts audio? that will the mobo i will most likely buy, since it is $100 cheaper

i couldn't find the internal sound card specs for the p8h77 mobo (the cheaper one, costs $99)

Only the deluxe model comes with the DTS connect.

The regular model does not list DTS

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