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Internal Soundcard for two 8040 ?

minuanced, modified 6 Years ago.

Internal Soundcard for two 8040 ?

Youngling Posts: 2 Join Date: 2/8/13 Recent Posts
Hi

I have two 8040 and am looking to buy a new computer. I was wondering if there are any internal soundcards that can be used to connect the monitors directly. I am buying from a pc specialist who has these cards to offer. Does any of these work? If not, I would highly appreciate a recommendation. :)



Many thanks for helping me out here!
laparn, modified 6 Years ago.

Re: Internal Soundcard for two 8040 ?

Padawan Posts: 39 Join Date: 6/20/15 Recent Posts
I strongly encourage to buy an external soundcard instead. Genelec are professional monitors and using the best gear will have a much better interchange of performance. You can achieve fair results connecting your 8040:s to the 3.5mm mini jack plug on your computer but there are better ways.
An internal soundcard is a minor step towards the "better" but there are much MUCH better options. Bare in mind that hardware developer for computer adapted gears, hardly have HiFi, primary, in mind. Priority is functionalty in a computer context, i.e. geometry fit in computer chassis, OS compatability, drivers etc. Developers of external soundcard/DAC do have HiFi, or sound quality (SQ) on top of their priority list. Two different approaches with very different results.

Personally I have a Chord Mojo. The Mojo is an USB connected external soundcard but also a DAC and a headphone amplifier. A totally fantastic product!
I won´t claim the Mojo way is the only way but i promise that´s in the high end league. No matter price tag. Period. The internal sound card will appear as kid´s soccer club compared to Real Madrid in UEFA Champions League. The Mojo is pricier, yes, but you will provide the Genelecs the best possible signal from a computer.

There are a lot of options and alternatives, still higher priced than the units on your list. I list a few below and you can start Googling. ;) From "budget" to full desktop DAC:s. From "Nano" and on you can also benefit from downloading HD Music, i.e. those DAC:s can convert music with very high sample rates, way beyond Spotify or Tidal bitrates or even from the CD format. Personally I consume a lot of DSD music which is something else. Don´t know your preferences but once you´ve tasted the SQ from great Genelecs, a suitbale DAC/soundcard and HD Music, you can´t really go back. :o

Soundcard/DAC/headphone amp. shortlist:
Audioquest DragonFly v1.2
Audioquest DragonFly Red
M2Tech hiFace DAC
iFi Nano iDSD
iFi Micro iDSD
Schiit Bifrost Multibit
Chord Mojo
Chord Hugo
Chord Hugo TT

Good luck!
minuanced, modified 6 Years ago.

Re: Internal Soundcard for two 8040 ?

Youngling Posts: 2 Join Date: 2/8/13 Recent Posts
Hi Laparn

thanks so much for this detailed response. I totally understand that an amplifier is the way to go :)
I was wondering how you would connect the 8040s to a Chord Mojo? The cables for the 8040s are female xlr connectors. Looking like these: http://cdns3.gear4music.com/media/4/43405/1200/preview.jpg
These small amplifiers don't look like they would able to handle these cables?

Sorry for getting back so late. The notification for your reply landed in spam...

Thanks a lot!