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Man, I still don't get this. Onboard works well for me and I have plenty invested in home theater equipment and a pretty sensitive ear. Have you guys actually gone in and adjusted the quality of the onboard?
post #12 of 16
Here is an article on this topic that can help others make a decision between dedicated sound card vs. onboard;

http://www.pcper.com/news/General-Te...rd-it-whats-it
 
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Originally Posted by Psykhotic View Post
Man, I still don't get this. Onboard works well for me and I have plenty invested in home theater equipment and a pretty sensitive ear. Have you guys actually gone in and adjusted the quality of the onboard?
If you're using HDMI or something digital to transmit the signal to a receiver, a sound card doesn't make any difference. The receiver is doing what the sound card would have done.
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Originally Posted by MrSleepin View Post
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...
With those headphones I would highly recommend a good mid-range sound card such as the Xonar DX. You will see a huge jump in quality from the onboard, as well as you can get a good amount more bass (and not muddled bass either).
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Originally Posted by MrSleepin View Post
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...
http://techreport.com/articles.x/19997/1

"If you have halfway decent headphones or speakers, the DG offers a very real step up in sound quality for what amounts to a pittance."

$12 after MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132020
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jlells01 View Post
http://techreport.com/articles.x/19997/1

"If you have halfway decent headphones or speakers, the DG offers a very real step up in sound quality for what amounts to a pittance."

$12 after MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132020
that's the one i ordered... already seen a few people recommend it...
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