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Most hi-fi audio is stored in digital form. With advancements in lossless compression, bit-perfect ripping/streaming, HD audio formats, multi-terabyte storage, and PC-friendly DACs, has the PC earned a place among high-end audio gear? At what price point?

 

Continued at http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/high-end-pc-audio,3733.html

 

 

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I hadn't seen this posted here yet.

 

Grab onto your butts and starts reading. The conclusions will make waves here.

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Originally Posted by schneller View Post
 

Most hi-fi audio is stored in digital form. With advancements in lossless compression, bit-perfect ripping/streaming, HD audio formats, multi-terabyte storage, and PC-friendly DACs, has the PC earned a place among high-end audio gear? At what price point?

 

Continued at http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/high-end-pc-audio,3733.html

 

 

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I hadn't seen this posted here yet.

 

Grab onto your butts and starts reading. The conclusions will make waves here.

 

Ha, yeah there's definitely already a thread dedicated to this on Head-Fi.  My only comment on it all: 

 

Function is the reason for a product to exist, but its not everything.

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My comment from the thread on OCN,

Hey onboard has come a long way in the past decade. The noise floor on my P67 board is almost below audibility! thumb.gif

Seriously though, is this reviewer nuts? Leaving quality aside for a moment, these pieces of gear do have different sound signatures. The STX for example is pretty bright and dynamic whilst Realteks generally are dulled and a bit warm. About as far from each other as you could get sound wise. I don't know about the other two DACs.

When I was buying and selling DACs I used on-board as my reference point sound wise(what.. couldn't afford to keep more than one around at once.) The difference was pretty clear between the parts that came and went.

What I'm guessing happened here is that the HD800 was not properly driven by any of the above components and performed poorly on all the tests because of it. It's known to be one of the hardest headphones to drive, the fact they didn't have a dedicated amplifier in their test setup makes the test pretty much useless. I'd really like to see some results with the AKG headphone, I'm going to call them out right here on it. They said they didn't talk about it because the review was 'long enough already.' I'm guessing they found out when using that headphone how far off their run with the 800 was and they didn't feel like doing things over again properly. If nothing else, the impedance issues they bring up when talking about the K550 will largely affect it's sound on the different components. Had my fair share of impedance mismatches around here and they always sound awful.
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Originally Posted by MohawkUS View Post


What I'm guessing happened here is that the HD800 was not properly driven by any of the above components and performed poorly on all the tests because of it. It's known to be one of the hardest headphones to drive, the fact they didn't have a dedicated amplifier in their test setup makes the test pretty much useless.

I'm skeptical that the onboard (or even the STX) could drive the 800 adequately, but both the O2 and (especially) the Benchmark should have easily had way, way more than enough capability to drive the HD800. Say what you will about amplifier synergy, etc (I don't want to make this into an amping debate), but without a doubt, they had plenty of power and well-designed dedicated amplifier stages that should easily be able to drive an HD800.

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Even more skeptical viewpoint.

Tom seems to be heavily serving up ads to fund his blog. An article with a little controversy, that gets posted around the forums is going to be nothing but a cash cow for him.

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Ha, yeah there's definitely already a thread dedicated to this on Head-Fi.  My only comment on it all: 

 

Function is the reason for a product to exist, but its not everything.

Well said, fellow Virginian!

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