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So I bought this card and what I do is uninstall onboard audio, disable onboard audio controller, plug the card to motherboard, install the card latest driver, and then fire up a FLAC music.

I "studied" that music thoroughly with onboard audio before, by listening it for about 2 hours, and when I fire up that music with the card the first thing I noticed, immediately, was the volume is louder than the onboard so I have to lower the volume down. The second thing I noticed is . . . nothing. Absolutely no difference in terms of sound quality compared to my onboard.

This is wrong right? It has to be, because users in newegg says, "worth every penny", "music takes on a whole new life", "I'm hearing sounds and instruments even vocals in songs I never knew existed" and so on.

Maybe this thing needs additional power from PSU? But I don't see any cable that needs to be connected to PSU in the bundle. Or maybe the FLAC quality is not high enough? It's 1047 kbps bit rate for your information. Perhaps I'm using a bad speaker? It's 2.1 Swans HiVI M50W, US$ 270. Lastly, perhaps I should check my ear to a doctor?

I don't modify any settings with the card, and using "entertainment" mode when listening to the music. The same goes for my onboard audio.

Please help me!

Any advice would be very much appreciated.
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post #2 of 9
Kbps is not the only factor of SQ, recording quality comes before the kbps.
Speakers are not that picky about soundcards, headphones are a different story. With my old 180$ 2.0 speakers (Behringer MS40) I couldn't hear the difference between the cheap speaker DAC and Xonar D1.

E: Haven't tested my new speakers with onboard, but most likely they will be able to show the difference between the soundcards as they completely destroy the MS40 in SQ. When I think about it, no wonder I couldn't hear the difference with MS40.
Edited by Tiihokatti - 9/7/13 at 1:27pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cuad View Post

Quickly, we must bury this thread.
The problem is not that the speakers won't get affected by the DAC quality, it's the quality of the speakers that is the problem. Not to mention the acoustics of the room and dozen of different factors that have bigger impact on sound quality of the speakers (speakers in the corner/near a wall = muddy/boomy bass).
50$ audiophile headphones are equal to 150$ speakers, 200$ headphones are equal to 500$ speakers, etc.

And when you add a subwoofer to a sub-500$ speaker set... You sacrifice the highs for the lows.
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Quote:
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Quickly, we must bury this thread.
Sorry, I don't understand you.
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Originally Posted by Tiihokatti View Post

The problem is not that the speakers won't get affected by the DAC quality, it's the quality of the speakers that is the problem. Not to mention the acoustics of the room and dozen of different factors that have bigger impact on sound quality of the speakers (speakers in the corner/near a wall = muddy/boomy bass).
50$ audiophile headphones are equal to 150$ speakers, 200$ headphones are equal to 500$ speakers, etc.

And when you add a subwoofer to a sub-500$ speaker set... You sacrifice the highs for the lows.
So what about users praising the audio quality of this card? They're just lying?
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post #6 of 9
It all depends on where they are upgrading from. Some onboard audios are a nightmare (some=all HP/etc PCs)
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I see. Thank you for your reply.

I think I'll sell this card then. redface.gif
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post #8 of 9
Simply return the card. Not everyone can hear the difference. You may just have a good motherboard, but I don't know..never had a motherboard with good audio.
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post #9 of 9
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Hello Simca, thanks for replying.

What about you? What soundcard do you use?

You have UD5H, so it's onboard must be ALC 898 and I suppose it's better than my VIA VT2021. Have you compared with your soundcard? What's the result?

I still cant believe why Hardwareheaven "worshipped" this card so much.

EDIT: Perhaps I have a defective unit?
Edited by chropose - 9/9/13 at 1:55am
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