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Wanting high quality music from laptop to home stereo system

by walstib11 / November 9, 2009 9:21 AM PST

I need to figure out best cheap way to get high quality sound from music files on my computer to my home stereo system. Not really worried about surround sound but would be a bonus. I have a 6 month old HP laptop with flac files I wish to listen to on my home system. I have a home system with B&K , Sunfire, California Audio Labs and B&W speakers. Not really high end but not Best Buy either. I see external sound cards in a wide range of prices. I see a $50 - $60 Creative Sound Blaster X-FI, description and price are great but reviews are scary bad. Not sure what to think or do. Any advice out there?

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by walstib11 / November 9, 2009 9:24 AM PST

Currently running Vista.

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Very simple.
by jb2wheeler / December 14, 2009 9:35 PM PST

Buy the ptoper cable from Radio Shack (if they have not gone out of business yet). You need a stereo jack to run from your computer headphone jack to your stereo reciever "in" jacks. The cable will have to be in a "Y" configuration with two mono jacks on the oppisite end from the computer end. The rest is trial & error. JB

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