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It's about time to replace my laptop so I thought of going for a laptop that is also good for audio. 

 

I am not looking for a dedicated "music center" laptop; this new laptop is what I will do my work on; I would like this laptop to have some way of connecting to my desktop system (an old Arcam 9 power amp, vienna accoustics bookshelf speakers, I am using a Squeezebox touch as a preamp now, and getting the music wirelessly from my computer).

 

Is there a laptop that has a optical or coaxial out? then I guess I could use that to connect to the SBT. Will that result in better SQ?

 

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RE: Recommend a 'hifi' laptop!

PeterDs wrote:
Is there a laptop that has a optical or coaxial out? then I guess I could use that to connect to the SBT. Will that result in better SQ?

The SBT doesn't have digital inputs, just carry on doing it as you are now, if you want to improve the sound quality you'd need to a DAC after the SBT, it'll have to be a good one though to better what's in the SBT already.

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Are there any Bluetooth Apt-X laptops out there?

You'll just need an Arcam rblink bluetooth receiver (if you're feeling flush, it's around £150), or if funds won't stretch that far, a QED U-Play. I managed to pick up a U-Play brand new for £40 off eBay recently - post Christmas eBaying is great for getting unwanted giftage! It's not bad at all. Bit quiet, so I trimmed the input of my A85 up 8dbs to compensate. Range could be better, but not gonna complain too much for £40.

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Decent processing power and a good sized memory is what you need. The best sound quality comes with having your DAC and other parts separate from the laptop IMO.

 

As for connection type I do not think it matters and look for USB DACs as all laptops have USB ports.

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idc wrote:

Decent processing power and a good sized memory is what you need.

 

Not for serving/playing music it isn't, which requires very little processing power.
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As for connection type I do not think it matters and look for USB DACs as all laptops have USB ports.

With the caveat that USB + laptop PSU can sometimes result in ground loop/noise issues.

Adding a cheap audio interface that provides optical output like the Behringer U-Control is worth considering.

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