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A great audio setup for PC?

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Great, then I'll probably go with that setup, as long as I find where to buy it from (shipping it from USA could be way too pricey). But first I need to upgrade my PC since it is becoming kind of outdated.

BTW, this subwoofer has 500W of power, how far away should I place it from the PC in order to keep the hard disk drives safe from the vibrations? Would it be far enough if I put the PC on the left of the desk, and the subwoofer - on the right?

What kind of floor do you have?

If its wooden you may find it resonates a lot and would transfer vibrations to your PC. Also if it is at a point where it is causing enough vibration to make you HDD skip then you will also be getting servearly annoyed by things in your room vibrating.

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I've almost graduated from university and will be looking for my own apartment after that. I will probably be a tenant for a while before that. So I don't know what kind of floor would I have yet :D But for the sake of acoustics, I'm not likely gonna use a carpet. Back at home there's parquet on the floor and even my cheap 30W subwoofer makes all the furniture and the windows shake and gets neighbours from 4 floors below come to complain :) , so I can't even imagine what a 500W sub could do, then again I will probably never get to try the new system over there...

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BTW, the DAC in the UMC-1, is it better or worse than the DAC in the X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro? I'm asking since I'm wondering whether it would be better to get the Fatal1ty Pro and use analog connections to the UMC-1, in which it would probably only work as a preamplifier, or get the X-Fi Titanium HD, which btw is supposed to be a much better card, and use optical s/pdif connection with DDL/DTS-C.

 

I found out that DTS Connect has quite a bit of delay so it only works well for music, and Dolby Digital Live works almost fine for movies and games, but both are lossy and at 48 KHz, which makes me doubt which of the above would be the better solution.

 

Also, I'm wondering if I go with Auzentech X-Fi HomeTheater HD and connect it with HDMI cable to the UMC-1, would it matter that the HomeTheater HD outputs a rather narrow range of 40 Hz - 15 kHz, or is this only for the analog connections?

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*Update* What a bummer, the aperion audio speakers are only sold inside USA, they don't ship them outside. I checked out the stores around here and took a liking to Yamaha NS-777 3-way towers. They are way cheap, with under 200 euro per piece, and look sturdy. I'm thinking of getting 4 of these and maybe matching them to their center channel model NS-C444, I think this will sound killer and is still about 900 euro total. I need to look around for a 10-inch or 12-inch subwoofer. The multichannel amplifiers around here are not very powerful and are quite expensive, so I asked Emotiva how much would it cost to ship their XPA-5 over here, waiting for an answer now. On the PC end, I decided finally on Auzentech X-Fi HomeTheater HD, which I'm gonna connect with analog cables, though I might try out the HDMI connection as well. I'm not sure whether I'd need a preamp or a receiver, I think the sound card itself might be able to act as a preamp.

 

*another update* The subwoofer might be Velodyne CHT 12Q, though I'll look at some more choices. Still waiting for an answer from Emotiva, but if the shipping is too expensive, I might have to settle with some receiver instead. I found out the four NS-777s and the NS-C444 will actually cost me only 800 euro with delivery included if I order them online, that would be an amazing deal I believe. But their quantities are limited, so I'm afraid they might get sold out before I save enough money.

 

*yet another update* Emotiva answered, seems like purchase + shipping of UMC-1 + UPA-500 (which should be powerfull enough, the yammies take up to 250W at 6ohm, with 100W nominal, and the UPA-500 would do 100W per channel at 6ohm I think) would cost 1250 $, quite expensive I guess, but the quality should be far better than a receiver at this price, so I'll be saving cash now :)

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