I am putting together the specs to build my own Digital Media center, and would like some input on the best way to copy music to a PC.
Here is what I currently have:
W7x32 PC with an M-Audio Delta 66 soundcard.
As much hard drive space as is needed.
Cakewalk Sonar 7.0
Carver CT-7 Preamp
Carver DLT200 MkII Cd Player
No Turntable (yet)
I am primarily into Classical Music, and I have a friend who has an extensive collection of classical music on vinyl.
I can easilty record the vinyl in wav and loose nothing, but would like to condense it somewhat. But my goal here is to keep the fidelity....
is the CD drive in the PC good enough to rip Cd's or should I look at a CD with digital out taht I could run directly into my M-Audio card?
I have read some favorable reviews on the Asus Xonar Essence soundcard, but dont know how much better it would perform than the M-Audio Delta card.
Whatever method I use to connect the PC to the Hifi I would like to keep under $200.