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I'm more than serious. I'm right.

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Originally Posted by chalkbluffgrown View Post
Marlee Matlin and Helen Keller could hear the difference between onboard sound and an ASUS Essence STX
Ha. Marlee Matlin and Helen Keller aren't listening to an ALC889 or better on a well designed PCB.
Edited by cuad - 5/22/11 at 2:22pm
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The main advantages of dedicated sound card is higher SnR and lesser likelihood of sound interference. Some motherboards have poor onboard audio implementations that pick up hard drive noise, mouse cursor movements, etc.

If there are not any problems with your onboard sound solution, you do not have to get a sound card.
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Are you guys saying that theres no gains in going from the onboard on the UD7 to a dedicated sound card?
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The main advantages of dedicated sound card is higher SnR and lesser likelihood of sound interference. Some motherboards have poor onboard audio implementations that pick up hard drive noise, mouse cursor movements, etc.

If there are not any problems with your onboard sound solution, you do not have to get a sound card.
Even when I upgraded from the Audigy 2 ZS to the XtremeGamer (the one that looks like it's a low profile card), I heard a massive difference without even changing my speakers. It sounded like what you might get when upgrading to much better speakers.

So for me, the advantage is a much higher quality audio experience.
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I just went from my onboard to card in my sig(cheapy ebay find)and even using crappy old headphones i have(Sony MDR-CD280) i can tell there is a notable difference,music and games both sound much much better.
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Im using this thread for my own uses now, excuse me

So I bought a pair of Genelec 8020B active speakers and I've been listening music straight from integrated soundcard which has been fine I think. Still I think Im kind of raping these speakers with such a poor sound output so I was thinking of buying a DAC and using optical toslink between the converter and the computer. These speakers cost me around 600€, a DAC would set me back about 250€ so I think its acceptable. What do you think?
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Are you guys saying that theres no gains in going from the onboard on the UD7 to a dedicated sound card?
In my opinion, regarding the headphones only, and assuming that you're using good settings and that your motherboard's layout isn't causing any adverse effects to the ALC889, then you're not gonna get any real gains.

I can't say anything about the speakers cause I've never used any, living in an apartment and all.
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Im using this thread for my own uses now, excuse me

So I bought a pair of Genelec 8020B active speakers and I've been listening music straight from integrated soundcard which has been fine I think. Still I think Im kind of raping these speakers with such a poor sound output so I was thinking of buying a DAC and using optical toslink between the converter and the computer. These speakers cost me around 600€, a DAC would set me back about 250€ so I think its acceptable. What do you think?
You should definitely try. Genelec are probably the best monitors you can buy on the market.
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In my opinion, regarding the headphones only, and assuming that you're using good settings and that your motherboard's layout isn't causing any adverse effects to the ALC889, then you're not gonna get any real gains.

I can't say anything about the speakers cause I've never used any, living in an apartment and all.
So then how do you explain testimonials like the one below?

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I just went from my onboard to card in my sig(cheapy ebay find)and even using crappy old headphones i have(Sony MDR-CD280) i can tell there is a notable difference,music and games both sound much much better.
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Expectation bias easily. EASILY. I've listened to that card myself.
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