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Pulled out from the attic. Recommendations on how to improve this set-up.

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Hi all,

 

First time poster, long time lurker. My step-dad just gave me some old Hi-Fi equipment a pair of Bose 301 Series IV and an Onkyo TX 8511 2 Channel Receiver.

 

I keep most of my music (FLAC and Apple Lossless) on my computer. I tried hooking up through the horrible onboard audio card and got a horrible static. From my understanding I need a DAC to link my computer to my receiver. I was hoping I could trouble you all for some advice suggesting one that would go well with this set-up.

 

I have an on-board optical audio port but would also be curious to know if there was a USB DAC so I could use it on my laptop as well--which would be an added perk.

 

Or even if this set-up is worth maintaining at all.

 

Sorry if I've posted this in the wrong section.

 

Oh and it will be used in my room which is a bedroom on the smaller side, I can put them on a bookshelf or on my desk.

 

Thanks again,

sog

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I won't comment on the DAC suggestion, but there are a couple other things to consider that might be causing the horrible static. Now, regardless, a DAC will include the clarity of the system, but if the sound is that bad (it sounds like an FM station that is far away), there's a few other things to check:

 

1. Does the static come in regardless of source? try hooking up a phone, ipod, cd player, or something else (with another wire) and see if its still all static-y. If it is, it's possible that a potentiometer in the amp is corroded. Now, the amp you have is fairly recent, so I wouldn't expect it to be corroded, but since it's been in the attic, it's a possibility.

 

2. This is a big one. If you are using a laptop, try running it with the power cord unplugged. Doing Dj-ing I've found out before that for some reason, a lot of laptops have very noisy power supplies when they are plugged in, and it distorts the music terribly.

 

Barring these issues, a DAC will probably have a significant improvement on your system, but since I've only had experience with a couple of them, I won't recommend anything specific

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post #4 of 6
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Thanks for the replies. I found that when I switched which input I was using the static disappeared. I haven't yet used it with my laptop but I will and I'll follow your advice Maverickmonk.

 

Eventually I'll look into DAC's but the sound seems pretty sufficient for the time being, until I can do more research.

Thanks everyone for the help.

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Hey SOG, welcome to our little corner of the world. Let us know how you make out. Hide your mad money as there is a terrible suction that takes it from ya here. But the quality of the sound hypnotizes you while it sucks so you won't feel it so bad. biggrin.gif
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Happy Camper:

 

Thanks for the warm welcome, and yes, I can see the money walking out of my wallet as I type this. I've been reading everyone's reviews on DAC's and Amps. I want to get a new pair of headphones soon too. and well to be honest, I want everything.

 

The worst part is looking at the thread "Show us your Head-Fi station at its current state" that makes me want even more.

 

Best,

SOG

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