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Pci/pci-e audio interface with an equalizer?
jamtiln
post Jul 24 2012, 23:13
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I am beginning to look into updating my rig, and one of the things that has bugged me about the internal audio is the lack of any global equalization options. (Thanks for dumbing down the drivers realtek smile.gif ) Since I am not doing any kind of audio production I want to have everything tuned to my tastes in one central location.

Looking around though it seems as though software equalization is not as common as I would have expected. Currently I am driving a set of KSC-75's and a Pioneer SX-626 hooked to two Technics SB-L72's for gaming music listening. I would like to stay in the <$200 range. I had kind of wanted something like a ESI Audio Juli@ but I would also Like to avoid buying extra hardware.

If anyone has any opinion I would be happy to hear it.


In addition if I am better off with an external stereo EQ, would I be able to hook a multi-channel headphone amp like the Behringer HA400 to it and feed to the stereo and headphones or would this be a bad idea. (I plan on buying one eventually anyway, just want somebody to say this is a horrible idea if it is before I kill something)
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DVDdoug
post Jul 25 2012, 01:42
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In addition if I am better off with an external stereo EQ, would I be able to hook a multi-channel headphone amp like the Behringer HA400 to it and feed to the stereo and headphones or would this be a bad idea.
That's no problem. You can safely hook-up multiple line-level inputs together (such as running one soundcard output into two amplifiers inputs) with Y-adapter.

What you should never do is hook two outputs together, such as running your soundcard output and your CD output into one amp-input at the same time.


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Glenn Gundlach
post Jul 26 2012, 04:30
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QUOTE (DVDdoug @ Jul 24 2012, 16:42) *
That's no problem. You can safely hook-up multiple line-level inputs together (such as running one soundcard output into two amplifiers inputs) with Y-adapter.

What you should never do is hook two outputs together, such as running your soundcard output and your CD output into one amp-input at the same time.


The 'Y' cord story is not always true. I have 2 Technics receivers on the output of the computer and was getting some very strange distortion. Turns out the Technics receivers of that vintage use JFET input select switch chips that conduct excess input signal to the power bus but when the receiver is off it shunts off signal greater than 1 silicon diode drop. SO, a solution is to use a distribution amplifier that gives a private buffered output to each destination. Just something to be aware of.

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