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Old October 28, 2011, 07:19 PM
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Depends on how much you value sound card features vs lack of noise and how much you want to spend.

High end sound cards will have DACs that can output SQ at a similar level to upper mid range DACs. The main issues would be noise and OS latency. A high end external DAC won't have either of those problems, but a ~$200 sound card like the Asus Xonar Essence ST/STX would be cheaper and just as good *if* you can get the drivers working. (your speakers should be much more forgiving of noise) I'm not sure if you'd want to go that route though, as you have a fairly high end speaker setup with a high input impedance.
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