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Hiya, I was wondering if getting a dedicated sound card would improve anything. I am currently running through my 6950 via hdmi to my receiver. The sources are both digital so technically its the same right?
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you will see an improvement if you get a good dedicated sound card. but you also need to have a good gears to actually notice the difference. (ex. good headphones, good speakers).
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I currently have hd555 for headphones. I run to my onkyo receiver, monitor 50 fronts, monitor 30s as surround, cs1 center and a bic sub. Would a a sound card in the 50-70$ range make a difference.
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post #4 of 8
Keep what you have right now. The DAC in that Onkyo receiver should be better than a 50-70 dollar sound card assuming your Onkyo receiver isn't complete crap.
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post #5 of 8
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I have a onkyo SR608, entry level- mid range I guess? Its pretty good serves me well.
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post #6 of 8
I was actually wondering the same thing..
I have a similar setup, hdmi to my Pioneer receiver to 2x Polk Monitor 60 series II.
I have great sound already but i was wondering if i could get better quality through a recommended sound card..
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post #7 of 8
If you use digital output then it won't matter. The only benefit a sound card offers (besides improved audio quality on analog interfaces) is the ability to postprocess the sound, e.g. Dolby Headphone, surround sound emulation, effects, etc. But a receiver probably does that better anyway.
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post #8 of 8
The EMI is so bad on a typical home PC I can't see any advantages of a sound card vs HDMI.
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