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Sound card with a lot of outputs?

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Hi, I'm looking at maybe getting a new sound card with no shortage of outputs. Currently using the outputs on my AMD video card (hdmi and optical) but I'm adding a few amps / dacs to the collection and would like to have them all hooked up and use Jriver to zone them.

Don't need an amp or anything exotic, just plenty of outputs. I know this has been covered in a lot of threads but I'm going to happen to be at the local computer outlet today so if I happen to get a suggestion...

Thanks!
post #2 of 5

MOTU Ultralite has 14 outs in total. $550 though.

 

http://www.motu.com/products/motuaudio/ultralite-mk3/i-o.html

 

Perfect for your application though. Audio Express is cheaper if you can manage with 6 outs.

 

M-Audio used to make the least expensive model I know of with 8 outs.

 

Don't know how easy it is to find now.

 

Look for a Fast Track ULtra.

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Originally Posted by ferday View Post

Hi, I'm looking at maybe getting a new sound card with no shortage of outputs. Currently using the outputs on my AMD video card (hdmi and optical) but I'm adding a few amps / dacs to the collection and would like to have them all hooked up and use Jriver to zone them.

Don't need an amp or anything exotic, just plenty of outputs. I know this has been covered in a lot of threads but I'm going to happen to be at the local computer outlet today so if I happen to get a suggestion...

Thanks!

 

Hmm... are you planning to output from one JRiver player or from many JRiver players to different devices through S/PDIF ... ?

 

Maybe a S/PDIF splitter - http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-In-4-Out-Digital-Optical-Audio-S-PDIF-Toslink-Splitter-Digital-Audio-Repeater-/121153123929

post #4 of 5

I first answered your question on the assumption you wanted to send different program material to different zones.

 

If all you want to do is send the same signal to multiple locations it might be cheaper to use a distribution amp. That's what they are for.

 

Affordable.

 

http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/HA8000.aspx

 

http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/MX882.aspx

 

Better quality.

 

http://www.sonifex.com/category/distributionamps/index.shtml

post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Really appreciate the responses!

Actually it was the first scenario I was looking at, but the second is more likely as I don't normally play multiple zones at once. I started looking at distribution amps...

What has happened due to "fate" is I scored a couple DLNA amps from friends for cheap, got a xonar STX on sale, and didn't disable my onboard spdif. So far it's working so I have 2 spdif, 2 RCA outs and 2 hdmi outs (from my graphics card) which combined with the 2 DLNA amps is giving me 8 "zones", and I had 2 wd tv live boxes so I also have 2 more DLNA zones

It's not flawlessly working but I can get it working for every situation that I've ran into so far in real life, plus the STX provides me another amp option to keep a set of cans plugged into. I think when we finally move to another house in a few years I'll get in to a high end distro amp and do it right with hardwiring and all that
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