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I'm currently using the onboard audio just for casual gaming purposes but I am considering buying an amp to power my sennheisers and some nice speakers also for when I'm not in the mood to put my headphones on and I was wondering if all this would be wasted using the onboard audio and I should also purchase a new sound card?

Components I was considering:
Dayton Audio DTA-120
Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Andrew Jones Designed Bookshelf Loudspeakers

Can anyone provide some insight? Much appreciated!

Edit: Now considering Bose Companion 5 speakers... am I making a huge mistake? Any suggestions or comments from any resident audiophiles are more then welcome smile.gif
Edited by KBOMB - 4/16/14 at 8:36am
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I think you'll be fine with a good amp to be honest.
This might help you gain more information on if a sound card is right for you. CLICK HERE
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With onboard sound, a sound card, or an external DAC, sound wise, basically what you're getting is a Digital to Analogue converter chip. The better that chip is the better the sound will be. Of course there are other components in each that also affect the SQ, but the DAC chip is the most important.

Generally as for SQ:
Onboard < Souind Card < External DAC.
How much different is there between each? Onboard vs Sound card, some, you'll notice it.
Sound card vs external DAC? Here's where it gets interesting. The differences range from "I don't hear anything different" To WOW! Basically it depends on how well the rest of the components in the audio stream can deal with the improved performance of an external.

There are people using $25-$50 DACs to power $50 speakers/headphones. They're not seeing much improvement.
There are people using $5000 DACs to power $50,000 sound systems too. I would suspect that onboard sound nor a sound card would satisfy them much at all.

So it all depends on what you want to accomplish and how much money you have.

What you're proposing, an amp and speakers, does nothing to improve the sound quality of the source. You'd still be listening to the same "quality", just playing it through better components.

Depending on which Sennheisers you have, you may get a better bang for the buck just going to an external headphone DAC. Adding an amp would be next, then speakers.

Also, be aware that, except for onboard and sound cards there's no multi channel sound. You'd have to go to an AV amp to do that.

Hope that's not too confusing..........
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Originally Posted by BradleyW View Post

I think you'll be fine with a good amp to be honest.
This might help you gain more information on if a sound card is right for you. CLICK HERE

Really don't like the video. 2 guy sit there talking about specification without graphical information...
And the thing they talked about are personal "thinking"

To OP:
Only buy soundcard if you want their Virtual Surrond or DTS/Dolby support.

Otherwise, listen to billbartuska
post #5 of 13
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Okay so I was really set on having this set up this week and the amp i had been considering is sold out. I'm far from an audiophile and I use to have some bose speakers a while back but the power supply burnt out. My parents-in-law have a little Bose Companion set up on their PC and its pretty powerful and now I'm considering possibly purchasing the newest Bose Companion 5. Am I making a huge mistake for getting a set up like this instead of buying an amp and speakers?
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Okay so I was really set on having this set up this week and the amp i had been considering is sold out. I'm far from an audiophile and I use to have some bose speakers a while back but the power supply burnt out. My parents-in-law have a little Bose Companion set up on their PC and its pretty powerful and now I'm considering possibly purchasing the newest Bose Companion 5. Am I making a huge mistake for getting a set up like this instead of buying an amp and speakers?
Bose Companions are pretty terrible. If you want an AIO setup then you'd be much better off getting the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1's, they're half the price and sound much better.

I would definitely recommend buying a separate amp and speakers though, and a sub if you want some extra bass.
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Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 is probably the BEST computer speaker system ever made (without spending $500+)
post #8 of 13
A amplifier will allow for much more versatility, because you can use just about any speaker within its power and impedance quota.
Not some proprietary disgustingly overpriced Bose crap.
Edited by Truedeal - 4/16/14 at 8:47am
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post #9 of 13
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Ok so I really have a lot of options and could honestly consider getting a home surround receiver just for this if I'm considering on really spending a little extra (trying to keep it sub $500 cause my girlfriend will be like wth)

Would anyone say this sounds like a decent set up:
Denon AVR-E300 5.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B7X2OV2/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Andrew Jones Designed Bookshelf Loudspeakers http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008NCD2LG/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Pioneer SW-8MK2 Andrew Jones Designed 100-Watt Powered Subwoofer http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008NCD2PC/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

And just setting it up in 2.1 for now

Keep in mind this set up will be in a smallish office/bedroom for now but will be moved to a dedicated office of unknown size sometime in the next few years. Current room is about 15x20 with high ceilings. Not sure if that really matters but I'm just trying to get the most with possible room for improvement in the future.
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Keep in mind this set up will be in a smallish office/bedroom for now but will be moved to a dedicated office of unknown size sometime in the next few years. Current room is about 15x20 with high ceilings. Not sure if that really matters but I'm just trying to get the most with possible room for improvement in the future.

The way to do that is with a 2 channel amp.
That way you can get the best sound for now and upgrade that "best sound" to multi channel in the future.
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