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G'Day fellow Head-Fi'ers.

 

I've recently upgraded my audio gear (Chord Hugo, Woo Audio WA5-LE (maxed), Sennheiser HD600/Audeze LCD-X). I'm now looking at my Windows 7 PC.

 

I'm going to be driving the Chord Hugo using one of its USB inputs. All music is FLAC.

 

So what's the story with the PC?  What music playing software should I use (and does it really make that much of a difference). Is it worth investing in a separate Hi-Fi specific USB card? Should I be using USB2 or USB3?  Should I go the whole hog and build a separate PC?  What else have I missed or not considered?

 

Sorry if this overlaps other posts, in that case can you provide some links please.

 

Thanks for reading + TIA - Peter

post #2 of 7
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Originally Posted by TontNZ View Post
 

G'Day fellow Head-Fi'ers.

 

I've recently upgraded my audio gear (Chord Hugo, Woo Audio WA5-LE (maxed), Sennheiser HD600/Audeze LCD-X). I'm now looking at my Windows 7 PC.

 

I'm going to be driving the Chord Hugo using one of its USB inputs. All music is FLAC.

 

So what's the story with the PC?  What music playing software should I use (and does it really make that much of a difference). Is it worth investing in a separate Hi-Fi specific USB card? Should I be using USB2 or USB3?  Should I go the whole hog and build a separate PC?  What else have I missed or not considered?

 

Sorry if this overlaps other posts, in that case can you provide some links please.

 

Thanks for reading + TIA - Peter

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BAR

2000

 

it's cheap and it works like MAGIC 

 

HOW ever, Foobar isn't... the most user friendly thing to use, HOW ever you can reaserach pre made... like Skins and GUI s that come with the good extensions, to simplify it

 

But yea, even the basic FooBar installation is easy to use, it's just kinda ugly

 

here's a pic of my foo bar

 

 

 

post #3 of 7

I might also be able to put a portable together for you with all the installed goodies, so that you can just... run the program on your pc, I can help walk you through setting it up to use DAC as well too, as best I can 

post #4 of 7
I wouldn't spend more money on a USB card.
post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

I wouldn't spend more money on a USB card.

agree'd

 

and if your really concerned about the quality, get your self a $100 Furman Power Conditioner, it cleaned up my Dacs sound, but more importantly if you live in an area with a lot of Brown outs or power spikes, or a crappy house with much the same, the conditioner should help extend the life of your gear. Power Spikes aren't good for anything :/, but the conidition is really more of a safety device for me [crappy old house wiring] it just happen to clean up the sound of my Dac as well as a bonus 

 

still though a USB card seems like a waste, 


Edited by Mshenay - 6/22/14 at 10:31am
post #6 of 7

RUARK MR1 FOR HI FI SOUND OR B&W MM1

post #7 of 7

Frankly, after experimentation, a few important things, if you can afford...

 

1/ a streacom case with external PSU, if possible with linear PSU. that alone will do a LOT for the sound

 

2/ then, internally, a mobo like mini itx gigabyte, xeon + ECC ram, small SSD and audio files on a NAS for example.

 

3/windows 2012 server or windows 8 (2012 with jriver and script from highend audio work really, really great)

 

4/usb card like sotm or ppa

 

It's not cheap, but it's a very solid base for an audio pc (dedicated I mean).

 

or you can do exactly this with a mac mini, external psu, with itunes and audirvana. it should be quite close cost wise.

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