PC setup/Monitor Speakers Question

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Hi all,

Likely getting M-Audio AV42s for my PC setup. Up until now I've just been using my onboard soundcard with ASIO4ALL with decent headphones. Should I purchase an external DAC to run the monitors through or just plug them in directly? Cheers
 

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it depends what you are doing, if you are using external synths or hardware, midi keyboard etc, or recording, then you want a "pro audio interface", which will give you low latency (the hardware/keyboard/etc wont lag behind the music)

onboard audio does the job if you don't have got any external stuff running into it, but as soon as you want to use a keyboard or midi controller, or anything else, you will have serious latency issues


a HIFI or consumer DAC wont necessarily give you low latency, so look for pro audio interfaces

if its a PC not a laptop, then a PCI or PCIe card is a good option, otherwise, USB, Firewire or Thunderbolt (depending on your laptop)
 
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it depends what you are doing, if you are using external synths or hardware, midi keyboard etc, or recording, then you want a "pro audio interface", which will give you low latency (the hardware/keyboard/etc wont lag behind the music)

onboard audio does the job if you don't have got any external stuff running into it, but as soon as you want to use a keyboard or midi controller, or anything else, you will have serious latency issues


a HIFI or consumer DAC wont necessarily give you low latency, so look for pro audio interfaces

if its a PC not a laptop, then a PCI or PCIe card is a good option, otherwise, USB, Firewire or Thunderbolt (depending on your laptop)
Cheers - I'm mainly using onboard progs rather than anything external at this point. It's a PC tower so I'll look into PCI.
 

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you could probably run with a 3.5mm to phono cable from your pc tower to the rca inputs on the monitors, at least until youve found a suitable soundcard.
as for a soundcard, get one with at least 2 TRS/XLR ins and 2 TRS/XLR outs (which is most of them), you can never have too many though. Its surprising how quickly a studio can scale up with some cheap analog gear and you'll run out of inputs very quickly! I'd go for a USB one personally, they dominate the lower end of the market, a focusrite starlett 2i2 would be a great start :)
 

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you can pick up an Audiophile 2496 PCI card for peanuts these days, I've been running 2 for the last ~10years+, great cards, lower latency than pretty much any USB interface (although the win10 drivers are hit and miss - but there are plenty of other PCI options)

if you want to use the interface on a laptop aswell as PC, then USB/firewire is a good choice, otherwise you get better performance from PCI and PCIe
 
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