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Hey ppl, I'll keep it short.

This month it's my wife's turn for a upgrade and she wants me to do something about her audio, cause it's rather buggery.

Now the thing is, what to upgrade first: Her 6-8 old Creative Inspire T5400 (nothing wrong with them as far as I can hear/see) or get a nice sound card for her since shes using the on board one right now.

What would have the biggest impact?

Much appreciated, cheers!
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Does she listen to music? Is it just for stuff like youtube videos? Does she game? There wouldn't be a point in getting a good sound card if she doesn't have some good speakers/headphones to use them with.

I would get here a good 2.1 channel speaker set. Here's a cheap pair of 2.1 speakers:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-014-_-Product

You could also get here some headphones. Amazon sells some Sennheiser HD 555's for $80.
    
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Does she listen to music? Is it just for stuff like youtube videos? Does she game? There wouldn't be a point in getting a good sound card if she doesn't have some good speakers/headphones to use them with.

I would get here a good 2.1 channel speaker set. Here's a cheap pair of 2.1 speakers:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-014-_-Product

You could also get here some headphones. Amazon sells some Sennheiser HD 555's for $80.
She listens to a lot of music, it's probably the most important thing, beside that games.

So your saying it's best first to upgrade the speakers and another time the card?
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It depends on what onboard she is using. Not all onboard audio is the same.
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It depends on what onboard she is using. Not all onboard audio is the same.
True, my apologies for not mentioning.

It's A VIA HD audio chip.
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Bump - come on ppl? I want to order it for her tomorrow. What is the first most logic thing to get, new speakers or new sound card? What has the highest quality impact?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JorundJ View Post
True, my apologies for not mentioning.

It's A VIA HD audio chip.
VIA chipsets are not the greatest.
    
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Budget? I would suggest get the sound card first. And for a good audio setup I would say, sound card + headphones. What kind of music? I've been doing a lot of reading into this since I just ordered some audio upgrades yesterday. I bought myself a Asus Xonar STX and A900 headphones. Took a nice little chunk out of my wallet, but from all the research I have done. Well worth it. Currently I am using Logitech X-540 5.1 speakers with Creative X-Fi Titanium. It sounds pretty good, don't get me wrong. Only about a $140 setup and I can crank up the music, and games sound good. But I needed to be more roomie friendly and wanted something a little more "special" (hence the upgrade). But, anyways, I would say new sound card + headphones. Or, if you don't mind spending money, and want actual speakers. Get a custom 2.1 setup going with a receiver. Hookup your pc to the reciever via optical audio cable and your golden. Sounds great. Even better when using FLAC files. You won't need a sound card if you are using the optial cable, so you can use the onboard if you got it, which most mobo's released in the past few years have is my understanding. (btw, I just did a 3.1 setup with a reciever, using Yamaha 5.1 receiver (don't know the model number off the top of my head and aint messin with my system since the Bruins game is comming on lol), then got some Polk Audio speakers/sub, check out amazon for that stuff. $100 for a pair of monitor speakers, $100 for the center channel, $100 for 10" sub, and receiver I got was like $250ish I believe).
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A $30 Xonar DG should bring the sound up to snuff from your particular onboard. It can do 5.1 to accommodate the speakers. I wouldn't get anything more expensive than that except maybe a portable USB DAC... for its portability of course.
Edited by cuad - 6/4/11 at 5:29pm
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