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    Recommend an external soundcard that is easy on resources and will hibernate

    I am looking to upgrade from using the onboard sound from my m10000 motherboard.

    I was going to get the X-Fi usb sound card, but after reading around the thread, it seems this sound card has issues with hibernation and also takes alot of CPU power.

    So I am wondering if you guys had any alternative recommendations. Preferably something that wont cause any issues during the hibernation/standby processes. I am also running a very low power VIA setup, so low cpu useage is very desirable (is that even possible with a usb soundcard). My setup is very compact, so no room for a PCI sound card.

    Any recommendations?

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    sound blaster live 24bit meets all the above criteria
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    Yikes...$187 is a big investment. Looks really interesting, but Im not sure if I will notice a significant difference using my car's audio system. Im really interested in trying this out for my laptop + ultimate ears super.fi5/jamo e825/altec lansing mx5021 setup first though.

    You guys think I will be able to hear a significant difference, or is this just for the audiophile? Maybe someone can convince me why I should get the Bloat rather than a cheap and simple usb DAC such as this DAC cable:

    http://www.headphonia.com/Accessorie...156267b7f6e924

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    Quote Originally Posted by nobb View Post
    Yikes...$187 is a big investment. Looks really interesting, but Im not sure if I will notice a significant difference using my car's audio system. Im really interested in trying this out for my laptop + ultimate ears super.fi5/jamo e825/altec lansing mx5021 setup first though.

    You guys think I will be able to hear a significant difference, or is this just for the audiophile? Maybe someone can convince me why I should get the Bloat rather than a cheap and simple usb DAC such as this DAC cable:

    http://www.headphonia.com/Accessorie...156267b7f6e924
    There are lots of reasons the Bloat works great for Carputers. I'd say the biggest is that it does a really good job of eliminating a lot of the noises associated with computer audio. Harware noise and the like a not a problem and it also does a fantastic job of rejecting noise from your car's electrical components because it has a way higher output (4.0 volts rms) than most everything else. It is well designed to ensure the audio stays clean, but it also outputs very very clear and full sound. It made from really high end components. Bottom line is that standard computer audio is horrible and put it in a car and its even worse- it wont take an audiophile to hear the difference between the Bloat and almost any lesser quality way of outputing sound. You will notice a very audible difference between the Bloat and the DAC you linked to and you won't need "trained" ears or to close your eyes to hear it.. If you have any other questions just PM me or post in the group buy thread. Thnx!

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    I will be hooking up my CarPC to my Alpine H700 processor using optical cable. Is it necessary to get the Bloat DAC?

    I am using a low end processor, will this USB audio card take up a lot of CPU resource and USB bandwidth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amapro704 View Post
    There are lots of reasons the Bloat works great for Carputers. I'd say the biggest is that it does a really good job of eliminating a lot of the noises associated with computer audio. Harware noise and the like a not a problem and it also does a fantastic job of rejecting noise from your car's electrical components because it has a way higher output (4.0 volts rms) than most everything else. It is well designed to ensure the audio stays clean, but it also outputs very very clear and full sound. It made from really high end components. Bottom line is that standard computer audio is horrible and put it in a car and its even worse- it wont take an audiophile to hear the difference between the Bloat and almost any lesser quality way of outputing sound. You will notice a very audible difference between the Bloat and the DAC you linked to and you won't need "trained" ears or to close your eyes to hear it.. If you have any other questions just PM me or post in the group buy thread. Thnx!

    Joey
    bloat might be an option but its another product that is NOT cpu friendly. I'd sure like to do some testing on the difference between the x-fi and the bloat in terms of its strain on a carputer. I cant imagine it uses even more cpu than a DAC
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    Why would the bloat use resources? The OS views it as a USB speaker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicxtacy02 View Post
    bloat might be an option but its another product that is NOT cpu friendly. I'd sure like to do some testing on the difference between the x-fi and the bloat in terms of its strain on a carputer. I cant imagine it uses even more cpu than a DAC
    I bet they are very close in resource consumption overall. Though the Bloat would be using USB bandwith and no software, but the x-fi would be using software also so I guess there are different implications becuase of how they are using what resources.. I don't know. I have 1.4 celeron processor and 1 gig of ram. Not the fastest but not the slowest and its perfectly fine even with many other apps running (including delorme gps which is not lite!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwchan View Post
    I will be hooking up my CarPC to my Alpine H700 processor using optical cable. Is it necessary to get the Bloat DAC?

    I am using a low end processor, will this USB audio card take up a lot of CPU resource and USB bandwidth?
    I'm interested in knowing this too. But it seems the bloat is not optical capable and some H700 have issues with noise on the analog connections. If the bloat could be optical that would be awesome.

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