[quote user="al7478"]Hi Paulio! I can get this soundcard off ebay probably, but wondered if its hard to get drivers for...? Someone selling them there has put a link t a site with drivers, bu i cant find the specific drivers he reccommends on that site! Im really tempted by this card, but im also considering going for something easier, where drivers are concerned.[/quote]
I get mine from the VIA website, under the heading Envy24ht. The driver CD (and manual for that matter) isn't even in English so I never bothered getting the driver off the CD.
[quote user="redr0cker"]Thanks for getting back to me. Your definitely sure about that (the 2 phono outs)? Is that how you have yours connected?.[/quote]
Yes, that's how I have it connected. One for left and one for right.
[quote user="bartsmoonparty"]the best soundcard in the world for music reproduction with out the tinyest bit of doubt is the L22 by Lynx Studios. the card is silly high spec and comes complete with balanced xlr outputs. ive got one in my media pc and its so good it replaced my densen b400 plus (1400quid!). the card is a bit expensive though, if your buying new expect to pay around 500-600 but i picked one up of ebay for 250. do some research on the card and you will see what im talking about
This is true, but with my amp and speakers I don't think it would matter. Buying a sound card like that would require a step up in all my audio equiptment, hence I went for the cheaper (although worse) Onkyo.
[quote user="al7478"]whats the diference between using a whole sound card, and just an external DAC, anybody?[/quote]
An external DAC generally connects to your computer via the USB port. Sound data is then transfered down the USB port to your external DAC. I think the main advantage is that you keep your DACs as far away from the nasty noise prone internals of your PC (Fans, HDD, CDROM Drives, DVD Drivers, graphics cards, etc, etc). Does this make any real difference? Some people think so
. Generally speaking you also you don't get any ADC (Analogue to Digital Converters) which means that you can't have any inputs what so ever. The SuperPro DAC is supposed to be very good...