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Hi Wayne,

I recently inherited a tape player which I run through a small digital amplifier (lepai lp-2020a+) and it sounds great but when I play something through my computer soundcard it sounds muted and no low end. My friend recommended using a DAC which doesn't make any sense to me (Is not the digital output essentially a DAC?) I'm running NVIDIA high definition audio through my computer. Should I get a better soundcard? Is getting a DAC any way sane?


OK - Are you telling me that your're plugging the tape player into the soundcard, and it sounds bad? What exactly does the soundcard and amp have to do with each other?
I guess I'm not 100% clear about how you're trying to run things.

A DAC is a Digital to Analog Converter. Plugging an analog tape deck into a DAC would gain you nothing. That would be like trying to play a CD on a record player...

If you could clarify your aim, I'm sure I can help you out.

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Wayne Tapia


Home Theater Audio Cabling (from HDMI to speaker cable). I WILL REJECT ALL CAR AUDIO QUESTIONS - I am not a car audio guy.


I am a Certified Audio Engineer that also works in the A/V cabling industry. I would like to dispel the myths and outright lies about the cables that connect your home theater systems together. Here's a hint - many of you have been misled out of hundreds of dollars for cabling systems.


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