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Short story, my onboard audio is now having issues, major distortion to sound when the volume is turned up to normal levels, also has issue with mic input.
Looking for a decent external audio interface to use. I swap between headphones (AKG q701) and some cheap speakers, cheap 3.5mm mic for voip.
Tried some basic troubleshooting on it, drivers, checking all the ports on it I could, etc.

I honestly don't know much about audio stuff, where to start, etc.

Long story: Had a X-Fi Titanium that crapped out just before I built my new PC, had tons of issues with it prior, wasn't sad to see it go. Built new PC intending to just use onboard, maybe look into something external later on, water cooling now blocks the additional PCI slots.
I sat down, reached for my headphones - visibly shocked them and audio from the front ports of the PC no longer worked. Audio from the rear ports is distorted and unfeasible.
Tested headphones with mp3 player - no apparent damage to them.

I had been planning to look into $200-$250 dac/amp possibly, but now that I need a mic input as well, not sure what solutions are out there.
Any help/ideas would be appreciated.
Edited by Yggdrasilrg - 2/23/16 at 1:17am
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Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling the driver(s) for onboard sound?
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Originally Posted by Yggdrasilrg View Post

Short story, my onboard audio is now having issues, major distortion to sound when the volume is turned up to normal levels, also has issue with mic input.
Looking for a decent external audio interface to use. I swap between headphones (AKG q701) and some cheap speakers, cheap 3.5mm mic for voip.

I honestly don't know much about audio stuff, where to start, etc.

Long story: Had a X-Fi Titanium that crapped out just before I built my new PC, had tons of issues with it prior, wasn't sad to see it go. Built new PC intending to just use onboard, maybe look into something external later on, water cooling now blocks the additional PCI slots.
I sat down, reached for my headphones - visibly shocked them and audio from the front ports of the PC no longer worked. Audio from the rear ports is distorted and unfeasible.
Tested headphones with mp3 player - no apparent damage to them.

I had been planning to look into $200-$250 dac/amp possibly, but now that I need a mic input as well, not sure what solutions are out there.
Any help/ideas would be appreciated.

As the guy above me said, Try basic troubleshooting steps first
1) Uninstall/Reinstall Drivers
2) Try the sound card in a diff PC or reinstall Windows.

If all of this fails then in the 250$ Budget you can get yourself a very good DAC/AMP combo.

Schiit Magni 2 Amplifier
Schiit Modi 2 DAC

Both should cost around 250-300.

There are the olde rmodels available too the Modi 1 and Magni 1 which cost 99$ a peice so those will cost you 200$
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You might use an external USB soundcard. You'll get rid of any internal interference there might be with onboard units.
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Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling the driver(s) for onboard sound?

Yeah, forgot to mention, that's first thing I tried.
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As the guy above me said, Try basic troubleshooting steps first
1) Uninstall/Reinstall Drivers
2) Try the sound card in a diff PC or reinstall Windows.

If all of this fails then in the 250$ Budget you can get yourself a very good DAC/AMP combo.

Schiit Magni 2 Amplifier
Schiit Modi 2 DAC

Both should cost around 250-300.

There are the olde rmodels available too the Modi 1 and Magni 1 which cost 99$ a peice so those will cost you 200$

It's just the onboard, no card
If I go with a DAC/AMP, should a cheap USB adapter be fine for the mic input? Something like this:


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You might use an external USB soundcard. You'll get rid of any internal interference there might be with onboard units.

Yeah, pretty much looking for some options and more experienced opinions than mine, a lot of the USB interface either seem to be made for more professional recording, with inputs I can't use/don't need or are so cheap they might be useless(like the picture above).
Edited by Yggdrasilrg - 2/23/16 at 1:22am
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The cheap ones are terrible. It will work, but that's about it, forget about anything related to quality.
Creative makes fine USB DACs (us.creative.com/p/sound-blaster), I'd go for the Xi-Fi HD (http://us.creative.com/p/sound-blaster/sound-blaster-digital-music-premium-hd), since it's cheap and delivers fine sound quality both with input and output. But you can go higher if you want smile.gif
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The cheap ones are terrible. It will work, but that's about it, forget about anything related to quality.
Creative makes fine USB DACs (us.creative.com/p/sound-blaster), I'd go for the Xi-Fi HD (http://us.creative.com/p/sound-blaster/sound-blaster-digital-music-premium-hd), since it's cheap and delivers fine sound quality both with input and output. But you can go higher if you want smile.gif

That's pretty much exactly what I need at the moment, while I don't quite trust Creative's drivers, that should work. Thanks.
No idea why those didn't show up while searching for "usb sound card"
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