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Need some advice.

 

Just built a new PC with Windows XP pro. Whats the best way to get signal to my DAC (Audio Research DAC-7).

I have optical and SPDIF outputs on the sound card. I'm looking at 10 feet of wire or whats the best way to go wirless.

Already have a Macbook set up next to DAC with Kimber USB cable running Itunes. Want to download high quality sites like HD tracks, etc.

 

Any thoughts.

 

Thanks,

JAY

 

Jay

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Hi Jay - Have you read my reference music server article?

http://www.computeraudiophile.com/audiophile_reference_music_servers_osx_windows

 

The Windows based computer in the article is my recommendation for you. Of course there are countless ways to accomplish your goal.

 

Founder of Audiophile Style

UPDATED: My Audio Systems -> https://audiophile.style/system

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Yes, great article. I can replicate everything exept the soundcard and DAC you recommend. I need at least 10 feet of the cable you mention in the article. I have a squezzebox and maybe that is the route I need to go. Again, I'm looking for high quality sound like most of the audiophile community.

 

Loved the pics from the show. How is that Poiema USB cable? looks fat and nice in camparison with my Kimber.

 

Jay

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Hi Jay - You may want to try a coax/spdif output on your PC so you can run up to 24/192 to the DAC7. USB and wireless will limit you. I'm not a fan of wireless, but my choice is the Airport Extreme over the Squeezebox. I just can't stand the Squeeze Center software you're forced to use.

 

I haven't tried the USB cable yet, but I will any day now. I'll let everyone know how it goes.

 

Founder of Audiophile Style

UPDATED: My Audio Systems -> https://audiophile.style/system

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In the past 20 years I`ve spent a lot of time on listening to lots of cables without Double Blind Testing and spent at least 2500 USD.

Nowadays I`d really recommend Double Blind Testing (if you find a store where you get the opportunity) before purchasing any snake oil cable.

I`ve had the opportunity and learned that "You cannot hear cables, you can only see them". It has saved me a lot of money, which is not a bad thing as far as I am concerned.

 

White Macbook - Apple Airport Express - AVI ADM 9.1[br]AVI ADM 9 Owners Club

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Hi Haiku - I disagree with your blanket statement about cables. Describing yourself as someone who can't here cables is totally rational. Definitively concluding that others cannot hear cables is quite contrary to my own experience and that of many people I know in all facets of the audio world.

 

Founder of Audiophile Style

UPDATED: My Audio Systems -> https://audiophile.style/system

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To Chris and everyone else

 

You completely misunderstand me.

All my comments are not meant to be THE LAW.

Maybe it`s because I`m a German and cannot practise the English Language that often in my everyday life.

I apologize if I`ve offended anyone, it was not my intention.

I just want to share experiences with others, that`s all. And that`s why I often write IMO (In my Opinion) or "as far as I am concerned".

Nevertheless it`s strange that topics like "Double Blind Testing" are always ignored, I mean it`s at least an option, isn`t it????

 

 

 

 

White Macbook - Apple Airport Express - AVI ADM 9.1[br]AVI ADM 9 Owners Club

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