Is There a Way to Get Audiophone Sound From My PC?

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#1

I have a Sony STR-DH830 home theater stereo receiver and an older Macintosh 1700 45 watt per channel amplifier/tuner, both of which provide audiophile quality sound. Recently, I have been using my computer more and more for listening to CD’s, Hi quality radio, computer music files and online streaming music /video sources.

While the sound I get on my computer is very good quality, it’s obviously not the same quality as the sound from my AV equipment when using the same headphones (Sennheiser). My computer is an ordinary Dell Inspiron 560 desktop with 8GB ram and 2.2 Ghz processing speed. Is there any way I can get similar audiophile sound on my current Dell by adding a particular sound card?

If so, which one and if not and I have to get a different computer, which one? Another idea would be to move my MAC 1700 over to the computer and use the amplifier portion of it for playing back the audio from my computer. Is there a way that could be done? Even if there is though, I would think it would still be limited to the audio quality coming out of the computer itself. I could easily do that however since I still would have the Sony STR-DH830 for my home theater system.

Right now, I just use my 22” HD PC monitor for video and am mostly interesting in upgrading the audio on this computer. That’s more important to me than upgrading the video although I can certainly do both. I already have an HDTV though and am not looking for another one of those. I am simply interested in something that I can use to listen to high quality music while working at my computer and while using my regular HD computer monitor. Thanks for any feedback.


#2

[QUOTE=Tumbleweed1;2741294]I have a Sony STR-DH830 home theater stereo receiver and an older Macintosh 1700 45 watt per channel amplifier/tuner, both of which provide audiophile quality sound. Recently, I have been using my computer more and more for listening to CD’s, Hi quality radio, computer music files and online streaming music /video sources.

While the sound I get on my computer is very good quality, it’s obviously not the same quality as the sound from my AV equipment when using the same headphones (Sennheiser). My computer is an ordinary Dell Inspiron 560 desktop with 8GB ram and 2.2 Ghz processing speed. Is there any way I can get similar audiophile sound on my current Dell by adding a particular sound card?

If so, which one and if not and I have to get a different computer, which one? Another idea would be to move my MAC 1700 over to the computer and use the amplifier portion of it for playing back the audio from my computer. Is there a way that could be done? Even if there is though, I would think it would still be limited to the audio quality coming out of the computer itself. I could easily do that however since I still would have the Sony STR-DH830 for my home theater system.

Right now, I just use my 22” HD PC monitor for video and am mostly interesting in upgrading the audio on this computer. That’s more important to me than upgrading the video although I can certainly do both. I already have an HDTV though and am not looking for another one of those. I am simply interested in something that I can use to listen to high quality music while working at my computer and while using my regular HD computer monitor. Thanks for any feedback.[/QUOTE]

You should look into Soundblaster series their latest pci-e sound card - those are very good but they tend to be on the expensive side.


#3

Is there a way that could be done?

I use a SPLITTER to connect from my headphone output to an rca input of my old Denon PMA 860 amplifier with Wharfedale 435 speakers system…as the Denon has no digital input.
And on average sources,I use DFX Audio Enhancer to pimp up the sound quality…works much better than an equalizer…:wink:


#4

I just use the computer with what I consider good headphones .
Regular computer speakers.
I also have DFX audio enhancer & it certainly helps.
I don’t consider myself an audiophile.
When I want to listen to better quality I listen to my home stereo.
It is connected to my TV & can be turned on when I want it.
Not one of the “boxed” home theater systems.

I think a couple of years ago I answered some post here with a good sound card I found. It’s probably dated by now. I will see if I can find it as the company that made it seemed pretty good. But like the ones coolcolors suggested not cheap.