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hi,

My PC is not my best source, but I use it for multipropose + youtube + tv & news etc... thus it is connected to my hifi via USB to my USB>coax interface.

I'd like to know if there are means to improve the sound "for free" ? and can I expect really better or "a bit better" ?

The point is I'm lost in front of all possibilities such as asio, fidelizer, & so on ...

 

I need free stuff that allows multipurpose work on the PC (no pure audiophile soft that stop most of threads)

 

Many thanks to drive me in the fog where I am ;-)

Rgds

 

EDIT : PC with i7 proc, Win 8.1

Hifi & optical LAN setup => here

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First step of improving is avoiding of operation system's DSP. Need use ASIO or WASAPI drivers for sound card or DAC.

 

Foobar support both via plugins.

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hi,

My PC is not my best source, but I use it for multipropose + youtube + tv & news etc... thus it is connected to my hifi via USB to my USB>coax interface.

I'd like to know if there are means to improve the sound "for free" ? and can I expect really better or "a bit better" ?

The point is I'm lost in front of all possibilities such as asio, fidelizer, & so on ...

 

I need free stuff that allows multipurpose work on the PC (no pure audiophile soft that stop most of threads)

 

Many thanks to drive me in the fog where I am ;-)

Rgds

 

EDIT : PC with i7 proc, Win 8.1

Hi,

 

Using an excellent free software music file player like Foobar is all very well, but from your sig you appear to have a very decent (hardware) network audio player in the SOtM sMS-100, anyway. Why can't you just network stream and playback the PC's music files, using the SOtM sMS-100, rather than running a software player on the PC?

 

Installing a UPnP media server (eg MinimServer) on the PC, to provide the music files for the SOtM sMS-100 renderer shouldn't cause any issues, even if there's another UPnP server running on the network (such as the version of MinimServer running on your Synology NAS).

 

John

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