DAC or soundcard with guitar pre-amp?

Groats

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Hi all, I,m looking to upgrade my computers sound with a soundcard or usb DAC. I'd also like to be able to play my guitar through my PC speakers. Does a soundcard of DAC exist with a dedicted guitar pre amp with zero latency?
 

Procyon12

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you want to look at USB audio interfaces over "sound cards" or "DACs" even though they do, do both things.
 

MaZa

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Old X-Fi Elite Pro has Hi-Z input for guitar on its breakout box. Thats what I use for my guitar. However none of the new PCIe soundcards has Hi-Z input to my knowledge, but you may find it in so called studio soundcards.

For guitar only easier and cheaper way would be to use device like this:
http://www.thomann.de/fi/behringer_ucg102.htm
or this
http://www.thomann.de/fi/the_tbone_usb1g.htm

Basically cables with small DAC device and Hi-Z instrument input, nothing else.



I do not know how above devices handle lag, but in case of soundcards you have lag with Windows 7 unless you use ASIO drivers. May require a software (like Amplitube is similar guitar software) to get it working as Windows 7 "Listen to this device" does not use ASIO. I heard XP is fine when it comes to lag even without ASIO, but dont quote me on this.
 
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