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my friend says i should get a sound card to truly out what i paid for my speakers. and for better sound in games.

but my question is will i honestly be able to tell the difference sound card vs on board sound?
post #2 of 10
YES. Definitely. Even with a sound card as cheap as the Asus Xonar DG.
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I've only used relatively low end stereo headphones--HA-RX700s, AD700s--with all of my sound cards: the STX, Titanium HD, Xonar DG, Titanium Fatal1ty Pro, SIIG Soundwave PCI. So I can't say anything about speakers, and things might very well be different for speakers for whatever reason. Keep that in mind if you read this.

There was no difference between any of them and my onboard realtek ALC889. There are older onboard audio chipsets that don't sound as good as the Realtek ALC889. There are also a lot of factors like the motherboard's layout and the electrical business inside the computer that can affect the sound that comes from onboard. This is especially noticeable in laptops. But considering the quality of desktop components that the typical OCN member has, a case like that should be rare.

I think the biggest difference comes from our heads. We expect the $100 card to sound better, so when we know that our gear is plugged into that card, our mind plays a little trick on us.

Still, I think the best thing you can do would be to go out, buy a card and listen to it for yourself, with the right settings of course. The more hardware you can get your hands on, the better, too. It helps your understanding and give you a better excuse to make long pretentious posts.
Edited by cuad - 5/31/11 at 9:53pm
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The difference will be night and day.
    
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thanks guys. i guess i should buy a mediocre @ first
post #6 of 10
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but say i were to buy maybe around 100, 150 tops. how would i even know if im getting everything i paid for?

i know i wouldnt :b
post #7 of 10
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but say i were to buy maybe around 100, 150 tops. how would i even know if im getting everything i paid for?

i know i wouldnt :b
Check out this thread.

You'll be able hear a distinct difference between what you use now and what you end up buying.
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thank you thisischuck01
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More importantly check out the onboard vs Sound card thread in my sig.
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post #10 of 10
Definitely read Simca's post. I read it and can't wait for the funds to get a sound card
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