Originally Posted by Edwood
C'mon fewtch, you haven't tried out Windows 2000 or XP yet?
You'll like it...........
I am dual booting already between Win98SE and Win2k. I tend to use Win9x much more often, because I have a lot of software (and also a scanner) that doesn't work under Win2k, and my video card's drivers only allows AGP 1x under Win2k (slows down graphics a lot, video can be really jerky).
Also, I like the feel of working with Win98SE better, 2K accesses the hard drive too often and eats too much RAM. Frankly, Win98SE is a lot smoother and more software compatible across the board.
I'll probably migrate gradually to Win2k and eventually stop using Win98SE (next time I upgrade my video card, MB and CPU anyway), but for now I want to be able to listen to music under either/both.
Originally Posted by lan
I know what your situation is. All I'm doing is putting things into perspective that's all. I've probably done more experimenting than most others with this computer source stuff and this is just my observation that just an external DAC isn't going to be that much better alone as an upgrade.
So I take it your theory is that most of the problem with the sound is from the clocking, rather than the DAC (and that a better DAC with a standalone power supply won't be much of an improvement)? If so I'm not sure I agree, and would like to hear the results for myself. I think the Audio Alchemy has both optical and SPDIF inputs, so maybe I'll get one and try it out, then get a card with optical out if things don't sound much better. Frankly I don't think clock jitter is much of a problem with the AP 2496, from looking at the THD% with RMAA tests... IMO it's more the DAC and analog section that aren't the world's best.