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Is sound affected by Mobo soundcard?

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Hey guys.

Im going to build another OpenELEC box.
But wanted to query something.

Is the sound quality directly affect by the motherboard sound card?
Especially when displaying content via HDMI.

Some background:
My OpenELEC box has a dedicated GPU which goes into the AMP then to TV.

Im thinking of building a new box without the dedicated GPU and just use a good CPU.

Now if I had a board with a good sound card like a ROG based board would I benefit from the improved quality?
Or does the sound not go through the onboard audio?
So is sound passed straight through via the source file?
Eg play movie, and audio codec gets sent skipping the mobo soundcard, and then the AMP deciphers the codec and produces the audio?

And another thing does Intel CPU have proper audio support on linux (OpenELEC) like True-HD?
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post #2 of 4

Yes you would

 

Not all motherboards have same sound capabilities.

 

Although I would prefer a dedicated soundard any day any time, even motherboards with built in audio can differ.

 

Some asus ROG series have really nice audio compared to other motherboards.

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No. If it's passing on the digital audio, it doesn't matter what you use.
 
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Thanks Ramicio
Thats what I thought.
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