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post #16 of 20
LOL. Glad to help.

Some sound cards have digital processing effects as part of their driver/hardware that happens BEFORE the signal goes to the soundcard's internal DAC. With SPDIF and coaxial output, the sound card implements that digital processing (if you have it enabled) before sending the digital signal to the external DAC. So, for example, if your computer has an EQ that is part of the sound card configuration (not EQ within a media player), you could still use it with SPDIF and coaxial output. USB will completely bypass all the sound card software.

A pre-out will typically have volume control implemented. Line out will not. It's not always clear by looking at the unit. So you have to read the features/specifications/user testimonials (or reviews) to see if the extra jacks for hooking up the speakers to the unit is affected by the volume control on the device.
Edited by cel4145 - 8/20/13 at 10:06am
post #17 of 20
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LOL. Glad to help.

Some sound cards have digital processing effects as part of their driver/hardware that happens BEFORE the signal goes to the soundcard's internal DAC. With SPDIF and coaxial output, the sound card implements that digital processing (if you have it enabled) before sending the digital signal to the external DAC. So, for example, if your computer has an EQ that is part of the sound card configuration (not EQ within a media player), you could still use it with SPDIF and coaxial output. USB will completely bypass all the sound card software.

A pre-out will typically have volume control implemented. Line out will not. It's not always clear by looking at the unit. So you have to read the features/specifications/user testimonials (or reviews) to see if the extra jacks for hooking up the speakers to the unit is affected by the volume control on the device.

 

Ah thanks for clearing that up, you've been very helpful!

post #18 of 20
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Ah thanks for clearing that up, you've been very helpful!

It's always good to help someone out that asks good questions smily_headphones1.gif
post #19 of 20

Going to add my thanks.

This REALLY cleared things up for me and has now pointed me in the right direction.

 

Sound Blaster Z --> Audioengine D1 --> KRK Rokit 5 OR BeyerDynamic DT770pro 80

post #20 of 20
Cool setup gs1000.gif

Come back and share your impressions of how it sounds smile.gif
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