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Looking to improve quality, do not want to use a headset.

Using Realtek ALC892 paired with Klipsch pro media 2.1's

Usage: 50% media, 50% gaming

Budget, unlimited.

Done some google, no clear answers on the ALC892s, any help would be GREATLY appreciated -THANKS! thumb.gif
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Stay with onboard or get a cheap soundcard/DAC like Behringer UCA222.
The chip used tells you nothing as everything around it can be badly designed. Like some front panels... Or mic/line-in inputs...
Edited by Tiihokatti - 1/4/15 at 6:05am
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Don't use either. Get a FiiO E10K. It's superior to any of those options.

If you're not afraid of spending money, get a Schiit Magni 2/Modi 2 stack.
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That is a powered 2.1 set-up. I am not sure how much difference you will hear in upgrading to a sound card, unless you are experiencing noise now. Your Realtek codec will only determine your control interface. And well, there is a sewer pipe on the main page. That should be the end of the discussion for most people and is enough for me to buy a soundcard to make it go away.
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Stick with onboard. Oh wait, you use speakers. Never mind then. I don't know.
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Stick with onboard. Oh wait, you use speakers. Never mind then. I don't know.

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That is a powered 2.1 set-up. I am not sure how much difference you will hear in upgrading to a sound card, unless you are experiencing noise now. Your Realtek codec will only determine your control interface. And well, there is a sewer pipe on the main page. That should be the end of the discussion for most people and is enough for me to buy a soundcard to make it go away.

WHAT?! Sewer pipe?!

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Stick with onboard. Oh wait, you use speakers. Never mind then. I don't know.

Well i just got this board and it sounds way worse than my last onboard AMD mobo that was 2 years older. Sound is super flat.
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Stay with onboard or get a cheap soundcard/DAC like Behringer UCA222.
The chip used tells you nothing as everything around it can be badly designed. Like some front panels... Or mic/line-in inputs...

Wait wat. I can use a dac with a powered speaker setup?!
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Well i just got this board and it sounds way worse than my last onboard AMD mobo that was 2 years older. Sound is super flat.

I see this all the time, but with headphones. Most likely you're using different settings on this new onboard than you used on the last onboard.
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I see this all the time, but with headphones. Most likely you're using different settings on this new onboard than you used on the last onboard.

I was, I used the realtek software's EQ to get more highs.

I got a sub for lows, I love me some mids and high. 100% a hi-fi nut. Thinking of picking up a pair of superluxx 668B's!
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"super flat" = "not what people are used to - as it was recorded"

People wonder why $2500 studio monitors sound like crap compared to a $99 Sony all-in-one from Best Buy. It's because most people's ears are accustomed to jacked up treble and bass, with a pronounced midrange dip.

Honestly, unless there's noise or distortion ruining your audio experience, you can adjust to your heart's content in the RealTek control panel and probably get the sound where you want it. Upgrading to a high quality external DAC will get you a better S/N ratio, improved stereo separation and imaging, and extended frequency response. But, you're probably going to need a $250+ set of headphones to hear the difference.

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I tried an Asus Xonar DGX. Genuinely tried to listen for a difference between onboard sound and the sound card.

Couldn't hear a difference.
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