Analog output or digital?
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The ESI JULI@ card has worked faultlessly and provided good sound via its SPDIF output under Window 7 Pro and JRiver. It has worked without any issues connected to a Musical Fidelity Trivista DAC, Marantz NS11S1 and BADA ALPHA DAC. The only drawback that I have found with Juli@ is its flimsy octopus like interface cable; the cable never really seems secure but it does work. I purchased mine a few years ago and now I am not sure if the Juli@ is still available for purchase. You may want to look at other current ESI offerings.
Zd and Cerrot. Now I'm confused. To let you know my slowness on technical moves I'm stilling listening,quite happily, to my Lexican RT 20 (power conditioning and isolation provided mind bending improvement on audio; and the video of DVD's equals that of my newer Sony Blu Ray upconverting DVD's). I feel lucky to have bought when they were discontinued and price slashed. Techie I'm not. Hardly interested really; just want great music. Cheers.
I apologize, as this is probably my fault. Cerrot hates me from another thread. I don't know his intentions regarding this thread are genuine, or if he's just trying to get back at me.
Regardless. For computer audio, the vast majority of audiophiles use USB. Probably over 80%. Its considered the standard. They either get a USB DAC or a USB to SPDIF converter. Now, if Cerrot recommends getting a sound card and going SPDIF out on that, I don't see where that would be a bad sounding option either. In the end, you're doing the same thing. Like in other areas of audio, a well designed product will usually outperform a lesser design. So regardless of what connection you actually decide to go with, there will be good and bad sounding choices for every possible method.
It might not be a bad idea to call The Cable Company and have them send you a few options for you to try. But whatever you decide to do, you shouldn't have any problem finding a good sounding DAC, sound card or USB converter that doesn't cost a great deal of money.