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    Line out Vs Digital out

    Okay here is the question I think I have narrowed down the noise and I am moving on to step two

    should I use my current amps

    PC to Line Driver to Amps

    or get an amp with a Tos input
    (like the Phoenix Gold OCTANE-R 5.1MT see below)


    PC to Amp via Toxlink or Optical

    Looking for Clean clear sound I know each part you add will add in some noise so this is a good battle for the K.I.S.S. theroy


    Pros with using the current amps
    I have them already
    More power
    High end amps

    Cons Line level output from a SB card is low would need a line driver ?


    Pros with new amp
    Full digital signel path little or no noise

    Cons
    A lot less power






    Phoenix Gold OCTANE-R 5.1MT
    ----------------------------
    6 channel power amplifier
    12dB LP variable crossover
    24dB HP varibale crossover
    24 bit AD/DA processing
    Dolby Digital 5.1 / Pro-Logic decoding
    Phantom 4.1 processing
    6 independent channel level controls
    Full GUI menu for on-screen control
    Test tone levels for all channels
    Digital toslink (fiber optic) input
    Digital coaxial input
    2 selectable analog input
    IR eye for remote control (included)
    Remote turn-on output for other devices
    Dimensions: 10.0L x 6.0W x 2.0H


    100W x 5 (4 ohm stereo) +
    200W x 1 (4 ohm mono)
    max power

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    I'm also on the look out for this. My motherboard has SP/DIF output and I want to take advantage of it. I've tried using optical output from my xbox and believe me, it sounded totally awesome.
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    clear and clean sound does not = Phoenix Gold, not really close even

    what speakers are you listening to this on? stockers or aftermarket?

    boost the signal as it comes out of the mobo/sound card with an eq or something of the nature. Boost it up to something in the range of 4+ volts, then from there go to your amps.
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    Currently I have

    2 Sets of Infinity Kappa Perfect 6.1 6.5" 2-way component speaker system.
    Precision Power PCX-480


    2 Infinity Kappa Perfect 12D VQ Subs
    Precision Power PC21400

    But I have been considering scaling down to a single 5 or 6 ch amp.


    Quote Originally Posted by Red GTi VR6
    clear and clean sound does not = Phoenix Gold, not really close even

    what speakers are you listening to this on? stockers or aftermarket?

    boost the signal as it comes out of the mobo/sound card with an eq or something of the nature. Boost it up to something in the range of 4+ volts, then from there go to your amps.

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    if you are running PPI ams don't throw a Phoenix Gold product in there just because....look around a bit and you will be amazed at what you can find....=]
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