Originally Posted by Rubers
Originally Posted by Michalius
Some people really like USB headsets. A friend of mine who is an audiophile never uses his PC for music. In his circumstances, he wants something that sounds decent and can emulate 5.1/7.1 because it's entirely for gaming and having that surround effect gives him an extra edge in competition play. Not everyone wants to listen to FLAC files with a headset.
Also, the people with the clip on mics sound noticeably worse than people with PC-350s/360s over mumble. I have friends who do both.
I always thought that USB "soundcard" < Real Sound card?
A USB soundcard should perform exactly the same as a "real" (by which I assume you mean PCI-E) soundcard if they both have the same specifications. Why? Because USB is just a means for component(s) to connect to other components, the same as PCI-E.
That's theoretically though, which unfortunately never happens. USB 3.0 closes that gap, but I'm not sure of what kind of bandwidth a soundcard needs/uses or latency etc.
Edited by MrAlex - 8/13/12 at 2:53pm