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Hey guys so i have the Z5500s from logitech and i love them biggrin.gif
right now its connected to my onboard sound on the sabertooth X58 through an optical cable

i was wondering if i should spend money on a sound card and if i do would it improve the quality of my speakers by a noticeable amount?

which sound card would you guys recommend my budget is around $150ish

thanks! biggrin.gif
post #2 of 10
If you're connected via optical, you won't get any improvements from a sound card.
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I did have the Z-5500 before I got a real set of speakers (energy RC-10). The Xonar DX will really open the speakers up. But DO NOT use optical or coaxial cable to connect. Only use analogue connections. Far to many people use a digital connection and it is literally like not having a sound card at all.
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so with a sound card and using the green/yellow/black cable ill be able to hear a clear difference between onboard sound and the optical cable?
post #5 of 10
Sell Z5500's and use that $150 as well to get better speakers?
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post #6 of 10
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my gaming environment isnt exactly big so i dont feel the need to upgrade to a even better setup
i was just wondering if the sound card would make any difference
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by cuad View Post
If you're connected via optical, you won't get any improvements from a sound card.
As usual, Cuad is wrong. If you read the posts in this forum, you will know that you wont get improvement using optical, but the Logitechs do provide analog inputs. Analog output to me, at least, and to many that own good sound cards, sounds much better.

Its better to give a justified answer than an unqualified statement.
Edited by chalkbluffgrown - 5/27/11 at 4:40pm
post #8 of 10
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so with a sound card and using the green/yellow/black cable ill be able to hear a clear difference between onboard sound and the optical cable?
Yes. Use those connections and you will be experiencing the sound cards DAC. If you do not, then you are not using the sound card.
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I did have the Z-5500 before I got a real set of speakers (energy RC-10). The Xonar DX will really open the speakers up. But DO NOT use optical or coaxial cable to connect. Only use analogue connections. Far to many people use a digital connection and it is literally like not having a sound card at all.
i have a question but if you have a speaker system with just the 1 green cable, what kind of connection is that
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I have the D2X plugged into them and they sound wonderful.
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