Need advice on hardware for quality sound. Considering a 4.1 surround setup.
Hi guys, I've narrowed down a lot of potential components and features for a carputer I want to build, and one of the last things I'm stuck on figuring out is what to do for sounds. I'm big into music, and really want something that I can tweak to my liking to get something at least as good-sounding as my past Pioneer head units over the years.
I am considering this as my motherboard for the build:
It has an analog output as well as an optical output for the audio. I've heard that on-board sound isn't a great option for those that want high-quality audio, but I know that hardware and whatnot has improved over the years, so I was wondering if using an optical-output (going into a 4.1/5.1 amp) would give me just as good sound capabilities as an upgraded USB soundcard, or would the USB soundcard be the better bet?
Any reason not to go with optical output for this? I also hate when you put a CD into a home theater system and you barely get sound out of the rear speakers. Will I experience this as well with a 4.1 system in the car?
Lastly, will I need any other hardware or anything to get good sound out of my setup? Any help will be really appreciated as I'm not too educated on audio with as far as computer hardware. Thanks in advance!