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I never used a sound card , only the built in one on my mobo's . Nearly all of todays mobos have 5.1/7.1 good quality sound output . I dont see the point of purchasing an expensive one for like 100$ when u have it free with your mobo .

This may sound a dumb question , but i wonder if anyone can give me a clear answer ?
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I think its if you want to plug in like 7 different speakers and a bass. Also I'm sure the sound quality is better. PCI/PCI-E is always better than integrated.
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Most motherboard audio setups are low cost, and thereby the design allows "noise" to be generated on the audio signal by other components and their pathways on the board printed circuits.

So in almost all cases you get better clearer audio with a discrete card. Many more expensive cards add features and have better components that may improve upon said audio. In my case, I recently upgraded to a Titanium HD from Sound Blaster and heard clearer audio by far than I ever did before, including nuances to the music I have listened to for over 20 years.
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i am also wondering if a sound card can make difference. i mean u have to play flacs or such to be able to hear any difference or even a mp3 song would be better with a dedicated sound card?
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Originally Posted by SgtHawker View Post
Most motherboard audio setups are low cost, and thereby the design allows "noise" to be generated on the audio signal by other components and their pathways on the board printed circuits.

So in almost all cases you get better clearer audio with a discrete card. Many more expensive cards add features and have better components that may improve upon said audio. In my case, I recently upgraded to a Titanium HD from Sound Blaster and heard clearer audio by far than I ever did before, including nuances to the music I have listened to for over 20 years.
Yup. Noise, dynamic range, distortion, all better. Whether you notice depends on your other gear, what you listen to, and how much damage you do to your ears over the years.
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the main reason i try to use separate sound cards is for a simple reason, the sound card that came with my mobo, while good, does not have a perticularily large number of sound channels, and some games can saturate the available ones, leading to sound clipping, where it cancels playing one sound so it can play another one.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MystKid View Post
i am also wondering if a sound card can make difference. i mean u have to play flacs or such to be able to hear any difference or even a mp3 song would be better with a dedicated sound card?
Depends on how it is encoded. Most people can hear the difference in the low-end MP3 encodings from 64-128bit. Above 192-bit MP3 you need a fairly good set of ears to hear a difference IMHO. Across format gets tricky with what you're listening to combined with your ears combined with bitrate. Tho' FLAC is loseless whereas MP3 is quite lossy.
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post #8 of 9
If your speakers/headphones are good you will immediately notice a difference between integrated and discrete sound.
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post #9 of 9
Your Gear is just as important as the source. I def one of those people who can hear the differences of 192kbits-320kbits. But yea you have a bad source and your headphones doesnt do up to par.

Then you can have a good source and bad gear and still doesnt hear it, until you have good source and good gear.
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