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Using a PC as HiFi
Phibonacci posted a topic in Headphones & SpeakersHi, My father is a big fan of classical music, he has tons of CD albums but does not know so much about sound equipment and neither do I. He needs a new PC, and since he's used to manage big libraries of music on computer, I thought it would be nice if he could directly use his new PC as an HiFi. He listen to all kind of classical music, all the great composer (Mozart, Wagner, Vivaldi ...), orchestras, operas. But also some more simple ones like lute instrumentals. Most of his records are in stereo, sometimes in mono. Some are recent but some may be 80 years old. The room would be around 15m². Let's consider we start from zero, no previous audio equipment. Headphones are not an option. I come to you for general advices. Is it realistic to use a PC as an HiFi ? Would I need a soundcard or would the chipset Realtek ALC887 be okay : Gigabyte GA-H81M-S2H (GAH81MS2H) ? If I need a soundcard, would that one be okay ? Would I need an audio amplifier ? What kind of speakers would I need ? I understand those question are very generalist and you may need more informations such as a budget but I would like to understand what may be my needs before I can decide of a budget. English is not my native language, I apologize if my grammar is a bit rubbish.