You DO have dedicated audio hardware like a sound card or external DAC, right anon?

You DO have dedicated audio hardware like a sound card or external DAC, right anon?

Also ITT: We talk about our sound hardware

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I don't know what a DAC is.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Digital to Analog Converter, a chip/device that outputs analog audio to your speakers/headphones

      I have my sound muted

      How are you going to hear the moans and screams of your anime girls anon?

      my amp takes optical and has a built in DAC.
      good nuf

      Good shit anon, very practical, I might follow your steps in the future (when my soundcard dies)

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I have my sound muted

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    my amp takes optical and has a built in DAC.
    good nuf

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I have a bit...

      >home theater/gaming room:
      3080ti via HDMI to LG C1, eARC to Sony STR-DN1080 7.2 receiver
      speakers:
      Jamo C93 II bookshelf for front L/R
      Jamo C9 CEN II center
      Jamo C9 SUR II sides/rears
      2x Sony SACS9 10" 115W subwoofers (bass ports plugged with cotton)

      Headphones:
      Monolith 24459 USB DAC/AMP for desktop use
      Topping G5 for mobile
      Monoprice M1060C headphones with 3d printed open earcups

      >home office/weight room:
      Fosi Audio DA2120C USB DAC/Amp
      2x Sony SSCS5 bookshelf speakers

      hey alright

      I used to have two Schit stacks (rather Schit smears). One of the Modi just broke. Would error out when connecting, so computers couldn't fully detect the device. Then the other Modi started having this intermittent problem where it wouldn't work until I got a hair drier and blew it on the PCB for a minute to heat it up. Either way I stopped using both and just use the Magni amps. I can tell you there is no audible difference between direct motherboard out on my PCs and a dedicated DAC, but it did help with my laptop which had buzzing and squeaking noise using the built in audio jack. tldr dedicated DAC is only needed if your onboard output has buzzing noise

      I bought a Mani and it was awful, picked up tons of RFI

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    still running a Creative X-Fi Extreme Music

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Based as frick. PCI or PCI-e? Have you done side by side comparison with your onboard audio?
      I just wish Creative's X-Fi line was as compatible with Linux as the Live!/Audigy ones

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        PCI, its an old asus mobo mobo

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    My homiebyte B550 has great onboard audio and even has an optical out. Drives high impedance phones very well. I don't see why anyone would need more unless you have a poverty spec business motherboard from something like ASRock

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You clearly haven't tried dedicated audio yet anon, go get yourself a nice DAC and come back

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        But I don't need one.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          You do, you just don't know it yet

          I use an apple USB-C to 3.5mm dongle as my DAC and have it plugged into a Fosiaudio amp powering a paur of Boston Acoustic bookshelf speakers

          I don't trust Apple but how's that working for you?

          I had one of those Asus Xonar sound cards for a while, but it didn't really make a perceptible difference in quality (the only advantage was it let me use high impedance headphones) and it had this weird problem where sometimes the relays wouldn't work correctly and it would actually lock my whole fricking computer from booting.

          So no, frick dedicated sound cards.

          Huh, good to know. I recently got an Asus Xonar Essence STX and so far I'm loving it, it clearly sounds WAY better than my onboard

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            The Apple dongle is probably the best DAC you can get under $100

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            HyperX dingke is better and cheaper.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Apple dongle is like $9

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I used to have two Schit stacks (rather Schit smears). One of the Modi just broke. Would error out when connecting, so computers couldn't fully detect the device. Then the other Modi started having this intermittent problem where it wouldn't work until I got a hair drier and blew it on the PCB for a minute to heat it up. Either way I stopped using both and just use the Magni amps. I can tell you there is no audible difference between direct motherboard out on my PCs and a dedicated DAC, but it did help with my laptop which had buzzing and squeaking noise using the built in audio jack. tldr dedicated DAC is only needed if your onboard output has buzzing noise

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >great onboard audio

      why is gen z so moronic ?

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I use an apple USB-C to 3.5mm dongle as my DAC and have it plugged into a Fosiaudio amp powering a paur of Boston Acoustic bookshelf speakers

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I had one of those Asus Xonar sound cards for a while, but it didn't really make a perceptible difference in quality (the only advantage was it let me use high impedance headphones) and it had this weird problem where sometimes the relays wouldn't work correctly and it would actually lock my whole fricking computer from booting.

    So no, frick dedicated sound cards.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      i used to have one too.
      it was useful for connecting both headphones and speakers without desk clutter.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Man I ain't dropping mine until it dies or something

        had to get a dac that supported optical toslink because of some mystery interference coming from my pc

        For some reason older PCs tend to make a lot of interference, Thinking motherboards and power supplies are better shielded from EMI although I have no concrete proof of this.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If you already need that, your ears are not functioning well.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      even my 2014 phone can drive my 300 ohm headphones. i think everyone obsessed with audio gear is just deaf

      Yeah, sure, then how do you explain the same music, with the same headphones, sounding way clearer. Seems you're the ones that are deaf

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Buy a better motherboard

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          lmao I can't believe you're suggesting that, back to plebbit tourist

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >why yes I will spend money on a dedicated DAC instead of just buying a slightly more expensive motherboard
            Based moron.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    only got it for separate hardware speaker and headphone audio controls. otherwise onboard audio has been enough for years

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    They're memes unless you're working with midi input and need low latency for playback.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    even my 2014 phone can drive my 300 ohm headphones. i think everyone obsessed with audio gear is just deaf

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    yeah and if I can get a wider sample size for

    [...]

    I'd appreciate it. so far the rme looks really good, but a ladder dac and amplifier in one box would be interesting too

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Just using my mobo with an ALC1220.
    Sounds better than the apple dongle and seems to be able to run sundaras fine.

    (why tf is the captchas so autistic now?)

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Just using my mobo with an ALC1220.
      Wonder how those motherboards with ESS Xabre DACs perform
      >why tf is the captchas so autistic now?
      I blame the israelites

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    had to get a dac that supported optical toslink because of some mystery interference coming from my pc

  15. 1 month ago
    VoidLinuxGuy

    Yes, on my desktop I have a Sound Blaster Audigy RX

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      How does it work for you? I'm certainly curious about modern Sound Blasters now that hardware mixing/acceleration is pointless

      • 1 month ago
        VoidLinuxGuy

        Its sounds pretty good (: I havent had any problems with either pipewire or pulseaudio.

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Love my smol boi

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    My old AM3+ 970 gigabyte motherboard had this god awful via sound ic with trash software/drivers and godawful sound, which is hard to describe but I think iyktyk. So I went for an asus xonar card second hand off a friend which was better but came with it's own set of issues like sometimes straight up disappearing from the system until you reseated it. And the software was trash.

    Ended up with a Soundblaster Z which does actually sound fantastic and doesn't give me grief randomly disappearing but the software is trash. I've kept it in my current X470 system (which has a supposedly good Realtek audio IC that I've never bothered to use) because it has Optical In which is actually handy as frick.

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Still works like a charm.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This reminded me of picrel. I was amused by its size and the fact that was usable as a standalone DAC without the PC and now that I read the specs it was quite the feat for its time, the device is USB 1.1 and Creative had to use compression for effective multi-channel audio. Still don't know if it truly had hardware mixing/acceleration or if it was just all software/driver based. Certainly want to try it someday.

      My MSI Z690 carbon has better audio than my old dac. Previously had to use a dac cause my old Z97 motherboard would have static feedback every time I moved my mouse lol

      I don't trust motherboard audio implementations but I do have noticed a difference between homiebyte's range of boards. Implementations with ALC1220-VB sound way better than ALC890, plus their implementations seem to be the best overall.

      Its sounds pretty good (: I havent had any problems with either pipewire or pulseaudio.

      Good to know, another option to consider after the Essence STX dies on me

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        My old Z97 with the scuffy audio was a gigabyte but I think that was just an issue with that particular board as I saw others here report the same thing. New ones look like they got a pretty good overhaul

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Yes but that's because I play bass

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    My MSI Z690 carbon has better audio than my old dac. Previously had to use a dac cause my old Z97 motherboard would have static feedback every time I moved my mouse lol

  21. 1 month ago
    I dont care

    >You DO have dedicated audio hardware like a sound card or external DAC, right anon?

    yes, my focusrite scarlet solo has linux kernel drivers, works beautifully

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    My old Z97 with the scuffy audio was a gigabyte but I think that was just an issue with that particular board as I saw others here report the same thing. New ones look like they got a pretty good overhaul

  23. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I have my old stereo with MiniDisc and TOSLink

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >TOSLink
      never obsolete.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >never obsolete
        for real you can even plug in your PS2

  24. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >unironically buying a dac in current year
    lol lmao even

  25. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I have one but it's kind of unneeded, it doesn't sound much different pushing audio through the soundcard or motherboard, maybe just a little better but not anything really meaningful, it's just something I keep because it lets me pull off shenanigans like routing soundboards and music into the comms and that pisses off gamers real hard

  26. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i use this thing
    but 99 percent of music i listen to is on youtube
    human ear can't hear better quality than youtube videos
    i bought this thing so i can play guitar into amp sims
    audiophiles are moronic

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      youtube uses near transparent opus, its pretty decent

  27. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
  28. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
  29. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    yes i have dac/amp

  30. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    yeah a bluetooth headset

  31. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I'm so sorry for you guys that haven't tasted a good sound card/DAC, hope you find joy soon

  32. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Gigabyte cope

  33. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    a sound card in 2023 is moronic and very limiting. an external dac/amp setup makes a lot more sense and can be used with more than just your computer

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I forgot it's 2024 I'm moronic

  34. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    redpill me on FiiO DAC's anons

    captcha: 8x0m8

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