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Lately I'm very happy with the sound quality of my Logitech Z-5500 set plugged in my HTPC. I know that set is not that great, but I got them for $160 used and then Logitech sent me a new set after they stopped working.

Anyways I'm looking for a cheap low profile card around $30 dollars and I prefer used as I know my budget is really low. I've never had a sound card so I'm not familiar with what is out there and what I could get for my budget.
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Asus Xonar DX or D1
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Asus Xonar DX or D1
Will that be at leats better than onboard Audio? I think I have an AM2+ board.
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Will that be at leats better than onboard Audio? I think I have an AM2+ board.
Yes, it will destroy on-board audio.
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You should stick with your ALC892, but if you believe these nuts then your only other option is the Xonar DG.
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Quote:
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Asus Xonar DX or D1
I think you mean Asus Xonar DG, the DX is much more than his budget allows.

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Originally Posted by Sodalink View Post
Will that be at leats better than onboard Audio? I think I have an AM2+ board.
The DX is much better than onboard, however it all depends on who is listening that will determine the amount of difference. I noticed a huge increase in clarity in high quality audio.

The Asus Xonar DG is certainly a decent upgrade from onboard, and also has an integrated headphone amp if you choose to use headphones at any point.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132020

Another option is the Creative Sound Blaster Audigy. It should offer comparable quality to the DG, however does lack a few features that the DG has.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102003
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Well another reason I was looking for a sound card is because I don't know what happened, but recently there is an annoying sound coming out from the center speaker and disrupts the voices and I've messed with the sound settings and drivers and I haven't been able to fix it. I haven't put that much time to fix it though.

Also I mostly watch Blu-ray movies so I will definitively use HD Audio. At one point I did put a sound card in my HTPC, but it was not mine and I did notice a difference in the sound. The base was clearer and so were the voice. The card was a Creative Audio Zg or something like that. My friend was selling it to me for $30, but it was not low profile so I did not buy it.
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What are your realtek's settings? We have to fix those.

Disable all the sound effects. Select 24-bit 44100Hz or 48000Hz for your default format. Make sure your configuration matches your set up. If you're still having trouble then get the DG.

Also I don't think the sound card will benefit your blu ray sounds, since you pass the DTS encoded audio through a digital cable to your speakers where it is decoded. The sound card does no work.
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What are your realtek's settings? We have to fix those.

Disable all the sound effects. Select 24-bit 44100Hz or 48000Hz for your default format. Make sure your configuration matches your set up. If you're still having trouble then get the DG.

Also I don't think the sound card will benefit your blu ray sounds, since you pass the DTS encoded audio through a digital cable to your speakers where it is decoded. The sound card does no work.
OK, I'll try to fix this or just find some stuff to sell to increase the budget. I'll check what you suggested once I get home later today.
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post #10 of 11
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Ok I fixed my sound and now im satisfied with how it is now, I guess it won't be much of an improvement for only $30 so I'll stay with onboard.

btw the reason why sound was so crappy lately is because there was some conflict with other sound drivers I had installed and also there was an update for the realtake audio manager that now works better than before.

I guess I'll save up for a good sound card. Thansk all +rep
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