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I have Creative Inspire 5200 5.1 surround sound speakers. Even if I go with a better sound card would I even get any better sound quality out of them or would I need to also pick up better speakers? My speakers are close to ten years old now and don't seem to do digital, just line/in and line/out on them.

No you won't get that much better sound out of those speakers even if you install a new, better sound card. You should upgrade your speakers if you want better sound along with the sound card. What is your budget, do you want 5.1 or 7.1 setup?
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Yeah, speakers first, then sound card. A good card with bad speakers is like a blu ray player hooked up to a bubble screen TV from the 60's.
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Any new sound card will sound better than the SB audigy. Those actually had degraded sound quality and sounded really bad. Chances are his mobo outputs will sound much better than the SB Audigy did.
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post #14 of 26
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A better sound card (not the white one you're looking at) would definitely provide a very noticeable improvement. At least it did for me.

I was using the Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS which was a pretty good sound card for its time. One day I upgraded to better speakers and I got a slightly noticeable sound increase. I bought this 2.1 system:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836113138

Then in March of 2008 I built my first computer. A week or two before I did, my Audigy 2 ZS started dying. So, I ordered this X-Fi XtremeGamer:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102006

I noticed a fairly big difference. It's like I bought much better speakers even though all I did was get a better sound card. The low end was deeper and had a much higher quality to it, and my VS4121's subwoofer was no longer distorting. My mids and highs were noticeably clearer and cleaner as well. I didn't think that was possible.

I'm not saying that I think you should get the XtremeGamer, however I will say that you'd be wasting your money if you bought that white sound card. Most of your money would be going towards things you'd never be able to use.

Agreed. I think just getting a stand alone sound card will help a lot. Do you game or listen to a lot of music?

Here is the sound card I got. It is cheap and makes a huge difference.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00654PUPA/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

If you get this and still think you are missing something, then look into replacing the speakers.

That takes you into a whole other world of "what should I do?" questions.

Then, you will need to decided whether to get a set like the logitec z5500s or get a cheap surround sound receiver and separate speakers......

I think just getting an okay sound care will be the best place to start.
post #15 of 26
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Any new sound card will sound better than the SB audigy. Those actually had degraded sound quality and sounded really bad. Chances are his mobo outputs will sound much better than the SB Audigy did.

 

The Audigy 2 ZS is much better than the Audigy

 

 

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Agreed. I think just getting a stand alone sound card will help a lot. Do you game or listen to a lot of music?

Here is the sound card I got. It is cheap and makes a huge difference.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00654PUPA/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

If you get this and still think you are missing something, then look into replacing the speakers.

That takes you into a whole other world of "what should I do?" questions.

Then, you will need to decided whether to get a set like the logitec z5500s or get a cheap surround sound receiver and separate speakers......

I think just getting an okay sound care will be the best place to start.

 

I heard that the Recon cards aren't very good at all. I don't remember what I heard, but I just remember thinking that they would be a big rip-off.

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post #16 of 26
Not sure what your budget is but I would grab a Xonar card when they become available:

Xonar DG: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132020

Xonar DX: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132006

Xonar D1: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132007

Superb sound cards, can't really go wrong with anyone as they all sound great.

Here's a review of the DG, blows the Audigy 2 ZS out of the water:

Edited by XAslanX - 4/1/13 at 11:09pm
post #17 of 26
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The Audigy 2 ZS is much better than the Audigy



I heard that the Recon cards aren't very good at all. I don't remember what I heard, but I just remember thinking that they would be a big rip-off.

Huh? I do not think it is really any major player, but it is better than on board and he will hear a big difference. I think I remember reading something about that as well, but can't remember where. I know that this card does have newer tech on it.

From what I understand, the Asus Xonar cards are the way to go as of now.
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Huh? I do not think it is really any major player, but it is better than on board and he will hear a big difference. I think I remember reading something about that as well, but can't remember where. I know that this card does have newer tech on it.

From what I understand, the Asus Xonar cards are the way to go as of now.

 

I have to admit: it's like, the Recon cards are new, so they can't be that bad. Maybe the person who wrote the stuff I read is just way too picky for his own good or something. I really have to assume that the Recon series is better than the X-Fi series because it's newer.

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post #19 of 26
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I have to admit: it's like, the Recon cards are new, so they can't be that bad. Maybe the person who wrote the stuff I read is just way too picky for his own good or something. I really have to assume that the Recon series is better than the X-Fi series because it's newer.

IDK. I can say newer is not always better. I did not own an X-Fi card. However, the newer tech was what made me go with the recon.... biggrin.gif
post #20 of 26
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IDK. I can say newer is not always better. I did not own an X-Fi card. However, the newer tech was what made me go with the recon.... biggrin.gif

 

Not only that, but it has a good price. :)

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