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Computer Soundcard Suggestions?
10/21/09 at 12:32:41
 
1. Any suggestions for an audiophile external or internal soundcard?

2. How about a new Forum for Computer-based systems?

Any info would be appreciated, I'm esp. looking for info about excellent ADC sections within the soundcard for LP-to-CD conversion!!!

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Re: Computer Soundcard Suggestions?
Reply #1 - 10/21/09 at 14:32:42
 
I started using a Creative Sound Blaster Live Value internal PCI sound card (model CT4870 or CT4780 - they are virtually identical) many years ago because it was recommended for its linear input section by the spectrum analyzer program I use on my PC.  Out of half a dozen recommended sound cards, it was the only affordable one.  Now they are dirt cheep, like $5 on Ebay.

A couple years ago I decided to upgrade.  I bought a brand new Creative X-Fi Xtreme Audio internal PCI card (SB0790).  I had to buy a new, faster PC (running Windows XP) to support it.   I hated it!  It had all these electronic bells and whistles that were suppose to make the music sound better.  They worked to some extent, but I'm much happier without any of that crap.  I wound up selling it on Ebay 3 months after I bought it and went back to Sound Blaster Live Value.

Now I see that it is no longer recommended by my spectrum analyzer web site as all their soundcards are now USB or Firewire.  If nothing else, for very little money this might be a good base line to compare other sound cards too.

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Re: Computer Soundcard Suggestions?
Reply #2 - 10/21/09 at 17:34:20
 
the Burson-modified Audiotrak – Prodigy HD2 GOLD Sound Card !


http://www.partsconnexion.com/bur_prodigy.html
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Reply #3 - 10/22/09 at 15:05:03
 
Thanks guys!

It looks like I could pickup an X-Fi at OfficeMax for about $50 & maybe cheaper on E-bay!
The Burson-modified Prodigy would be at the top of my budget @ $350 on sale right now! Is it worth 7 times the price of the X-Fi? I would pay it if it is a good value, knowing that you can spend well over a Grand for the most expensive/best(???) sound cards!!!

I am using my HP pentium 4, XP OS for a music server & will be converting LPs-to-CDs! Do you know if both will be able to accel in those two areas(an excellent ADC)? Is there something in between?  
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Re: Computer Soundcard Suggestions?
Reply #4 - 10/23/09 at 14:22:33
 
I'm currently using a Turtle Beach Santa Cruz card(it's cheap & old) & it's sounding much better than my old Yamaha changer does!!!

I was hoping to have more interest in this topic, has this subject been discussed already? Maybe you can point me there! Thanks!

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Re: Computer Soundcard Suggestions?
Reply #5 - 10/23/09 at 21:47:12
 
this is what they say of the card before mods Smiley

http://ixbtlabs.com/articles2/multimedia/prodigy-hd2-gold-page1.html

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