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High-performance ADCs with 90dB SNR, DACs with 100dB SNR Various Output Format
4 Stereo DACs Output Pairs supporting 16/20/24-bit, 48/96/192/44.1/88.2 kHz sample rate
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2 independent 16/20/24-bit S/PDIF TX Outputs supporting 48K/96K/44.1K/88.2 KHz sample rate

Thats the info from the VIA website.

I have an Altec Lansing Sub with active Pioneer studio monitors hooked up to it.
Is this Ok?
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well ..... considering the SnR and the fact of being on-board , a 30$ Xonar DG can make alot of improvment
    
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odd i thought the SNR was pretty good
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post #4 of 11
From my experience no on board sound is good. Any $50 dedicated sound card will be an improvement.
post #5 of 11
YEAH! DG would be an improvement. especially considering itd be seperated from the power circuits running through your board.
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I have no intentions of buying a dedicated sound card i was just wondering if mine is one of the better chips out there
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post #7 of 11
sadly no
most modern on-boards like the ALC889 and the ALC892 have more than 100 SnR ,almost all didcated cards now are above 110 (the top now is 124 in Xonar ST/X)

BUT it's not only the SnR to look for in sound cards , its good sign but not everything
    
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On board sound is NEVER "good". Always get a sound card.
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I have no intentions of buying a dedicated sound card i was just wondering if mine is one of the better chips out there
No. Its not.
I wont preach about the value of a dedicated card, but it is definitely not one of the better ones.
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For somebody who isn't that fussed about sound quality, on-board sound is acceptable (hence why they make it) but if you intend to used decent headphones and decend speakers/amp, i would strongly suggest getting a dedicated card. Its a bit of a crime when people spend 50 quid/dollars on high quality headphones and then feed them with sound from a cheapo on board sound card. Buy a dedicated sound card, you wont be disappointed.
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