Behringer SRC2496 or Firewire soundcard?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Cromulent, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. Cromulent macrumors 603

    Cromulent

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    What is the general opinion on this? Would it be better to get this or would I see more of an advantage getting an external firewire soundcard? Basically I want something to take the optical output of the computer and then plug it into the amp. I'm clueless when it comes to audio.

    I'd be interested to hear some informed opinions.
     
  2. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    I'd get an Firewire audio interface, the M-Audio ones are excellent.

    It's all well and good just connecting a digital cable into your amplifier, but you're then relying on the DAC inside the amplifier as opposed to the one in the Mac, and the internal DACs inside most A/V amplifiers aren't particularly good quality...
     
  3. Cromulent thread starter macrumors 603

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    Hmm, yeah I looked at the Solo I think it was called but I couldn't find it from a UK distributer. I wasn't sure if I would see any improvement from getting a higher up model.

    It isn't an A/V amp that is why I need the DAC to use the digital output. At the moment I'm just using the standard audio out, but was hoping if I got the Behringer I could instead move over using the optical out and then getting the advantage of the better DAC that it contains rather than relying on the Mac hardware to do it for me.

    Cheers for the advice :).
     

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