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 CDâ€™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, itâ€™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 22â€ 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.