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what is better?
from what i understand, the new on board sound card's are pretty good.
and its better to buy amp above the sound card.
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post #2 of 7
Im using my P8P67s on board sound card with a 5.1 surround sound setup, it sounds mad so it depends on what your getting really.
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If you run a good sound card through high quality spearkers, or run it through a nice receiver with home theater spearkers and you appreciate music, you'll realize that

1: On-board sound is crap and

2: High bitrate MP3s sound much cleaner than low-bitrate (128) MP3s.

For a plain old gaming or through typical PC speakers, you won't know the diff.
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so with quality headphones, i should take a good sound card with build amp in, like the xonar STX?
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post #5 of 7
DAC is more important for clarity reasons.

The amp drives headphones with high impedance and gives music certain characteristics.

That said, if you don't have the right headphones, an amp will do nothing for you, while a DAC will still make things clearer for you.

Both important, both serve a different function, but for most people a DAC is more important than an amp.
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Originally Posted by 2thAche View Post
If you run a good sound card through high quality spearkers, or run it through a nice receiver with home theater spearkers and you appreciate music, you'll realize that

1: On-board sound is crap and

2: High bitrate MP3s sound much cleaner than low-bitrate (128) MP3s.

For a plain old gaming or through typical PC speakers, you won't know the diff.
1. What if your using a digital connection?
2. Which encoder? lame, Fraunhauer etc etc?

OP for positional audio in gaming you need a soundcard for the cans basically thats about it.
Edited by Spooony - 5/7/11 at 2:22am
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k ill got for sound card.
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