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Originally Posted by WiLd FyeR View Post

So just to make sure I have the understanding. The receiver will turn the on board audio to better sound quality better than sound cards?

Sound cards are like receivers but receivers do a better job converting the sound to better all round sound?

The have about the same sound quality.

Receivers are one of the few things that can do 5.1 setups.
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You know one of my buddies swears by his audio card that he can hear people sneaking up on him from distance super clearly, and it does show when we game. He also has a decent headset though. Ive had this megalodon forever, which technically has its own sound card built in, and when I used onboard I ran it through my H/K receiver or amp. The last time I came straight from onboard audio was back in like 06-07, So I dont really remember the difference between onboard and a standalone audio controller anymore. TBH the only time I ever remember using a sound card for anything was back in the days of installing duke nukem 3D LOL!

To be honest, you can hear foot steps with pretty much any audio gear that goes on your head. I always find it funny when people care about foot steps. If you let the enemy get behind you....well then you aren't playing the game right are you tongue.gif

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razer makes crap though. That is not meant to offend you belittle you, but I want to let you know that you would be pleasantly surprised by headphones half the cost of those and a proper sound card.

For gaming though....even on board is fine. I only find sound cards useful for music. Everything else is a wash. I know a million angry noobs will flame me for saying that and talk about all the pretty birds they heard when they put in a new sound card, but I mostly agree with you, it is sort of a lower return for the value.

You should go back an forth between your receiver and on board though. On board might be better with those megladons due to that dinky little sound card. I am not 100% sure about that, but it would be a neat experiment. smile.gif
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post #23 of 24
I have the preference of having a decent sound card, for the flexibility.

5.1, 7.1 etc hyperbole, ad nauseam. Most of the time it is disabled, when it is running most of the time it is simulated/processed, which does not lend itself to the true meaning of HiFi.

It's nice to be able to swap different amps, as that is where the magic is, you will soon realize most (modern) receivers are over hyped and have a barrage of features that are rarely used. (Read useless/waste of money.)

Therefor it is nice to have a decent sound card for the Analog output. (Or an external DAC for that matter.)

Maybe you want to get into using nice headphones, a good sound card or DAC will likely sound better through your cans. (Most receivers have just basic headphone amplification / bad sounding.)

It is a much easier, better sounding alternative, especially if you listen to music, or are like myself who puts sound quality first.

I gave away (To my Dad) a fancy 6 month old Yamaha receiver, probably spent around $500 on it, I wanted to like it, but it just wasn't working out.

Now I run a variety of amps. I have a 2 x LM3875 based chipamp mono-blocs as my daily driver, as they are efficient (Solid State), when I want to indulge, I fired up a tube amplifier.

Neither of them even have a volume control, just a power switch. Pure bliss. That's what and amplifier should do, amplify.
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post #24 of 24
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To be honest, you can hear foot steps with pretty much any audio gear that goes on your head. I always find it funny when people care about foot steps. If you let the enemy get behind you....well then you aren't playing the game right are you tongue.gif

jk

razer makes crap though. That is not meant to offend you belittle you, but I want to let you know that you would be pleasantly surprised by headphones half the cost of those and a proper sound card.

For gaming though....even on board is fine. I only find sound cards useful for music. Everything else is a wash. I know a million angry noobs will flame me for saying that and talk about all the pretty birds they heard when they put in a new sound card, but I mostly agree with you, it is sort of a lower return for the value.

You should go back an forth between your receiver and on board though. On board might be better with those megladons due to that dinky little sound card. I am not 100% sure about that, but it would be a neat experiment. smile.gif

You can hear footsteps from a greater distance no doubt with a better sound card. As for the headphones, It was my first and last razor purchase. The headphones may not be the best sound quality but are by far the most comfortable pair I have worn to date, and sound quality is on par with most cans, not sure if you have ever personally used a megalodon or are simply stating opinion/reading material. Unfortunately I cant switch back and forth though because the cable is usb and the sound card is integrated into the cable itself when using megalodon I canot use the onboard audio. Off topic though.

@ OP if you are passing on a headset receiver for sure.
     
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