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Do I need a standalone sound card?

post #1 of 6
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Hi all, have a few quick questions that have been bugging me...

 

This is my current setup: computer > FLAC + foobar2k + WASAPI (event) > Realtek digital output (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec) > TOSLINK > Schiit Gungnir (balanced) > Schiit Mjolnir (balanced) > LCD-3 (balanced)

 

1. If I intend to keep using TOSLINK, will there be any benefit in getting a standalone sound card? Naturally I know the analog outs on a standalone sound card will be much better 

 

2. Aside from getting a DTS receiver and playing back via above-mentioned chain DTS encoded files, is there any way to test via TOSLINK whether I have true bit-perfect output?

 

Thanks in advance for the help!

post #2 of 6
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Originally Posted by adhoc View Post

Hi all, have a few quick questions that have been bugging me...

This is my current setup: computer > FLAC + foobar2k + WASAPI (event) > Realtek digital output (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec) > TOSLINK > Schiit Gungnir (balanced) > Schiit Mjolnir (balanced) > LCD-3 (balanced)

1. If I intend to keep using TOSLINK, will there be any benefit in getting a standalone sound card? Naturally I know the analog outs on a standalone sound card will be much better 

2. Aside from getting a DTS receiver and playing back via above-mentioned chain DTS encoded files, is there any way to test via TOSLINK whether I have true bit-perfect output?

My two cents.

You do not need to add a sound card to your setup.

post #3 of 6

I think you're good too. The soundcard is really just passing through a digital signal. A different one shouldn't do it any better.
 

post #4 of 6

Well it could be argued for a better S/Pdif implementation, such as transformer coupled..or even a USB to S/Pdif source possibly as not all digital is the same based on the timing component.

However, given your usage, I would say no, unless you get a really good deal on a soundcard with a good S/Pdif output or there are also features you might want on a soundcard...dsp..etc.

post #5 of 6

If you're not gaming, then no, you wouldn't really benefit from a sound card if you're only using S/PDIF.

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys.

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