Just do what I did, soldier hugely shielded RCA cables right by the sound
chip.  The sound clearly ouperforms SBLive 5.1 and earlier.  DVDs will play
all 6 channels at 24bit, 96KHz.

The good sound may be due to my 450 watt power supply which has an AC
leakage current UNDER 0.1ma.  Compare that to the normal 1-2ma...

It also has SPDIF/AC3/AC5.1/DTS digital output in so called Audiophile
grade.  This just means it properly passed through the ACx/DTS data
unmodified & at the right clock rate.

Unlike SBLive, it doesn't pop/click when playing music or games.

Also, the whole unit has only 3 fans and it's super quiet.
(1 on cpu, 1 on video card, 1 on power supply, Altera's Quartus does
accelerate the fans considerably when compiling jobs which take more than 5
minutes.)


_____________
Brian Guralnick


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bagotronix Tech Support" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Protel EDA Forum" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 3:17 PM
Subject: Re: [PEDA] New PC tested with Protel for at least 1 month now...


> >     I do believe the stability of my new system is that all the
> peripherals,
> > 24 bit/96KHz sound, USB, 1394, Ethernet, SATA raid controller, ATA raid
> > controller are all on the motherboard & the video card was also made by
> Asus
>
> I bet that 24bit/96KHz sound that's on the mobo doesn't sound so good.  I
> have yet to find mobo sound that is good.  And IIRC, Brian is da man when
it
> comes to hi-fi sound, so he's got to be even pickier than I am.  Even my
> Sound Blaster Live card, which is supposed to be a hi-fi card, has
residual
> noise that I can hear during passages of silence.  I'd estimate (with my
> earscope) that it has about 14-bits of s/n ratio, even though it's a
16-bit
> card.  The Biostar and Via mobo sound I have is maybe 11-bit s/n ratio, at
> best.
>
> Brian, I'm glad your new mobo still has serial and parallel ports.  Oh,
God,
> please don't take away my serial and parallel ports!
>
> I see you are running Protel 99SE on it, and it flys.  If you really want
to
> strain it, load the Visual Studio .NET suite on it.  I know a developer
who
> says the new .NET stuff slows his dual PIII to a crawl.  That's a big
reason
> he is still developing with Visual Studio 6.  You can also tax it with
> Autodesk Inventor.
>
> Best regards,
> Ivan Baggett
> Bagotronix Inc.
> website:  www.bagotronix.com
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Brian Guralnick" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> To: "Protel EDA Forum" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 3:19 PM
> Subject: Re: [PEDA] New PC tested with Protel for at least 1 month now...
>
>
> >     I do believe the stability of my new system is that all the
> peripherals,
> > 24 bit/96KHz sound, USB, 1394, Ethernet, SATA raid controller, ATA raid
> > controller are all on the motherboard & the video card was also made by
> Asus
> > ensuring a trouble free 8X AGP functionality.  It even more stable than
my
> > old Dual PIII 1 GHz.  Also, the 2 X 120 Gbyte Western Digital HDs read &
> > write at over 100 Megabytes / second on a continuous basis.
> >
> >     I'm sure if I added 1 card to the PCI bus, the boot time would
> probably
> > double.
> >
> >     Additional, I have successfully over clocked this motherboard to 4.1
> > GHz, though, I don't think it's worth the potential headaches.
> >
> > _____________
> > Brian Guralnick
>
>
>
>



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