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I want to know the difference in the sound I will get from my Realtek 7.1 onboard sound and some thing like maybe a Audogy 2 ZS or worse sound card (please dont tell me to get any thing more expensive or else I will definately just stay with onboard sound.)

I would only consider getting a proper sound card if there is going to be a massive improvement in the already good sound i get from my computer. I have Logitech X-530 speakers so im guessing they are going to be a limitation. Im wondering if its actually worth it to get a sound card.

Im not interested in if it will speed more computer up or not or the stats and stuff of the sound card just how much better the sound will actually sound.
    
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You would probably get a slightly cleaner sound, but i doubt, especially if you're not an audiophile, that you'll be able to tell the diffrence
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post #3 of 17
LOL, E6300s all around in this thread.

Yeah, cna somebody please andswer this question? I am too considering an XtremeMusic.
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You'd notice a difference. Those x-530's are great "budget" speakers, so they are capable of "sensing" the change in sound quality. An Audigy 2ZS, or Audigy 4 (actually a rebadged Audigy 2ZS) would be a good match. I think an X-FI would be overkill.
    
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post #5 of 17
Not to Hijack your thread but my X-530s are in the mail and I also have Realtek 7.1 on my mobo..this is exactly the question I needed to ask.. If you dont mind me butting in...
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You'd notice a difference. Those x-530's are great "budget" speakers, so they are capable of "sensing" the change in sound quality. An Audigy 2ZS, or Audigy 4 (actually a rebadged Audigy 2ZS) would be a good match. I think an X-FI would be overkill.
Audigy 4 has better DAC's on the card so it is different.

And you will notice a huge difference especially in gaming with EAX. You will be able to loacalize a lot better I think. Sound seems much fuller and you will also get a slight boost in FPS.

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I only use the speakers for Music. I use them for movies as well but they dont need any improvement for movies. I never play games. So even the 7600GS graphics card i have is overkill.
    
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post #8 of 17
It will make everything be able to go a lot louder and also have a much clearer, nicer sound and that was when I bought my cheepo audigy 2. The X-Fi blows even that away.

I know I will never go back to onboard sound anyway.
    
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post #9 of 17
if you are mainly listening to music you would be better off with a 2/2.1 speaker setup or headphones. 5.1 setups aren't good for music. You'll end up using just 2.1 of the speakers anyway.

An Audigy 4 has upgraded DACs but is an older processor. (I'd get it over an Audigy 2zs)
an x-fi would be my choice
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post #10 of 17
the audigy 2 zs will sounds sooooooooooo much better than reltek on board. i have one as well as my x-fi and they sound super good. if your music is mp3 format especially not high bitrate mp3 you might not notice that much diff but if you listen to cd's or mp3 above 192 you will def notice a diff
    
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