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Old March 11, 2014, 01:23 PM
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Hey, Just working on setting up the HTPC, Just wondering if I should be looking for a sound card? Currently I run my audio through HDMI. Would a Dedicated sound card be worth it? if so which one would be the best ?
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Old March 11, 2014, 01:45 PM
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Witch motherboard and with receiver are you planning to use.

Or straight to TV ??
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Old March 11, 2014, 01:57 PM
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Your receiver is your sound card, as long as your audio driver for your GPU/mobo will output the formats you want.
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Old March 11, 2014, 02:09 PM
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At this exact moment Im going direct to TV, I do plan to get a receiver which I guess brings up the question of Which one would be good to get for around say a $500 budget?
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Old March 11, 2014, 02:51 PM
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At this exact moment Im going direct to TV, I do plan to get a receiver which I guess brings up the question of Which one would be good to get for around say a $500 budget?
Receivers are a subjective thing.

Stick with Pioneer, Onkyo, or Yamaha and you can't go wrong.

I picked up a Onkyo SR-606 on Kiji for $200 and dropped another $50 to fix the daughter board and does all I need.
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Old March 11, 2014, 07:15 PM
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I would see if you can find an Anthem MRX 300 used. Now that the 310 is around en masse should be some deals around.
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Old March 11, 2014, 08:17 PM
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What speakers are you using budgeting for? If you are buying a 500$ receiver you should be using 700-1500$ speakers
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Old March 11, 2014, 08:19 PM
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Don't have any speakers yet either, This is a "build over time" venture for me but my dad is a huge audiophile and he's going to help me out getting speakers this summer so they'll be good ones I'm sure.

Loving the options and advice guys! Thanks!
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Old March 11, 2014, 08:36 PM
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What speakers are you using budgeting for? If you are buying a 500$ receiver you should be using 700-1500$ speakers
Uh... No. Price doesn't reflect quality. I am running $160 worth of speakers that will sound better than most $700 speakers you can buy today.

So much stuff you can buy in places like Best Buy and such is just plain crap.
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Uh... No. Price doesn't reflect quality. I am running $160 worth of speakers that will sound better than most $700 speakers you can buy today.

So much stuff you can buy in places like Best Buy and such is just plain crap.

Speakers tend to hold value, Are your speakers worth $160 or is that what you paid for them? I never said where or what to buy. Just that good speakers are more important then the receiver. If you can find quality used speakers great but in general the common thought is 40% on your receiver 60% on your speakers. There is also the train of thought that you should spend 25% on your receiver and 75% on speakers because most people will never upgrade their speakers. While they will their receivers as technology demands.
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