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A/V Integrating an old stereo amplifier

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by sreyno21, 7 Nov 2012.

  1. sreyno21

    sreyno21 What's a Dremel?

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    Hi! New here! I'm building my first rig. I'm really excited and wanted to know if anyone can tell me what I can do with my stereo. Its a pioneer sa-950. I hook my laptop to it with aux running to the component ports. That's the only connection I have on the stereo, jus component. If it matters, here are some numeros: 190 watt 120 volt 60 hz.

    Is there a better connection I can get running from the computer than aux?

    Are there any sound cards which may work better with my old ass system than a stock sound card?

    I really appreciate any advice! :D
     
  2. Yslen

    Yslen Lord of the Twenty-Seventh Circle

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    For a laptop by itself, use a line out to connect to an external amplifier. Usually you can configure the headphone port to work as a line out (i.e. turn off the gain).

    If you're building a desktop PC there are a number of Asus cards (Xonar) which are great value. Same principle here; use the line out into another amp and let it do all the work.
     
  3. asura

    asura jack of all trades

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    Or a step up would be a discrete USB DAC - something like the ObjectiveDAC - which goes PC->USB->DAC->RCA->Amp.
     
  4. MSHunter

    MSHunter Minimodder

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  5. sreyno21

    sreyno21 What's a Dremel?

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    Much appreciated!
     

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