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post #11 of 21
Almost any sound card will be better than mobo sound. I have a $75 sound blaster Z & it's a world of difference. Took it out recently because it suffocates my bottom 290X but I had to put it back in. Comp sounded like garbage without it. No bass, no highs, weak minds and that's just with headphones. Until recently I hadn't used a sound card in 10 years, can't go back now.
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I'm almost wondering if I could just find a digital 5.1 speaker system even. I know one of my rear ports don't even work anyways.
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post #13 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by emeraldage View Post

I'm almost wondering if I could just find a digital 5.1 speaker system even. I know one of my rear ports don't even work anyways.

No speakers are digital, they're all analogue.
Music sources (games, mp3s, etc.) are digital files. You need a DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter) to convert them to analogue signals that can be sent to an amplifier and them to speakers. Onboard sound systems and sound cards have built in DACs so their outputs are analogue.

Perhaps if you thought about it and restated a budget, what you listen to, and what you want to accomplish this thread could be more helpful.
It's kind of aimlessly ambling along............
Edited by billbartuska - 3/8/14 at 3:15pm
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post #14 of 21
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Thanks bro. You're nice. You don't have to post if you don't like smile.gif

I meant digital speakers to bypass my motherboards onboard converter because it's broken. Anyways I'm just going to order that ASUS Xonar DSG I think it was I'm not going to spend 60 dollars on a sound card. Thanks for the advice smile.gif
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post #15 of 21
I recommend picking up a usb DAC. I'm using a Musiland 01US handles up to 300ohms. If you need a microphone you'll want to find a different model.
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post #16 of 21
Just to give you a USB option with microphone input

http://audiotrack.net/en/usb/528
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post #17 of 21
I have the Asus Xonar dg sound card was $30 made my Sennheiser headphones sound so much better then the on board sound.thumb.gif
post #18 of 21
Question: When is a Dedicated Sound Card Worth it?

Answer: Anytime you give a hoot what the sound coming out of your computer sounds like!

Either the DGX or the DSX will be a massive improvement over any onboard sound, depending on your needs. That's really all you need; the higher-end products will give you a little better sound quality, but the improvement is marginal to unnoticeable for most people.
     
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post #19 of 21
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What I've been reading everywhere is sound cards don't really do much anything except provide software to tune better. And the only thing that helps is a external DAC to reduce circuit noise. But they're wayy to expensive I just want my sound back xD
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post #20 of 21
Using a ASUS DGX here. Honestly try something else the built in AMP is GREAT with my headphones but drivers are a PAIN! Getting by with UNI.
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