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this is the motherboard i have

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138317

this is the audio chipset... Realtek ALC892

as far as quality goes, i have no complaints at all with the audio quality i am getting with my cheapy $100 speaker/sub combo i got from compusa... and my $20 headphones, also no complaints about the sound... just the way the headphones kinda squeeze my head.

sounds great! gets loud and doesn't break up in quality... etc etc

i am buying myself a nice pair of headphones, hd 595's, and i wanna know exactly what i should expect when i get those headphones...
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I recently purchased an ASUS Xonar sound card, and the difference between that and the realtek was staggering. Paired with some audio technica headphones it made a world of difference.
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what would be a recommended soundcard then?

should i get the pci-e or pci slot type?

i bought the HD595's... so i guess i will try with and without soundcard...

but i need to know what soundcard is good for the price...
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I thought, for the longest, that onboard audio was too far advanced for anyone to ever hear a difference. I found a great sale price on the one in my sig rig, so i got it. It was worth it. Pci is just fine unless you have space restrictions that require the use of a pci-e slot. I got mine for $15 on sale and the headphone amp that came with it was worth it, alone. Great for a beginner.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...SUS-_-29132020
post #5 of 16
on board sound card sucks. my cousin has Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty and its hella nice
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You don't seem like the type of person that is hard to impress with music/sound. Maybe I'm wrong about that assumption, but it seems like you'd be happy with a Xonar DG and nothing more.
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You don't seem like the type of person that is hard to impress with music/sound. Maybe I'm wrong about that assumption, but it seems like you'd be happy with a Xonar DG and nothing more.
don't get me wrong! i love good sound quality! i had nearly $1k in my cars sound system... and no, i did not have massive subs.. just a single infinity basslink.
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Better speakers/headphones really let you hear a lot more then the cheap ones. With onboard audio and good headphones, it's actually going to sound worse then the cheap headphones did. Once you get a proper soundcard, you'll wonder how you were able to sit down and listen to the onboard all this time.
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Better speakers/headphones really let you hear a lot more then the cheap ones. With onboard audio and good headphones, it's actually going to sound worse then the cheap headphones did. Once you get a proper soundcard, you'll wonder how you were able to sit down and listen to the onboard all this time.
that's funny... i will definitely be getting a soundcard then
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post #10 of 16
A sound card would help reduce static on the motherboard in audio to produce better audio, but onboard audio works fine for most people like me.

If you are getting a sound card, AVOID CREATIVE X-FI. I read they have bad drivers. Good thing I never had anything from them.

EDIT: I posted this after he said he would get a sound card. Darn.
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