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What is so good about having a sound card? I have never had one before, i have always used onboard sound and it seems to get the job done.

I'm really getting into music, finally. ATM i'm rocking to red hot chili peppers while doing some typing work.

Just wondering, would i really notice a difference in audio quality if i got myself a sound card?

My speakers are the logitech x-230 2.1. I'm digging the bass atm lol, it has never came out as much in games as it has in music...

Also all my music is about 100 KBS VBR, so it all fits on my nano, don't know if that even makes a dif, i can't tell the dif at all.
post #2 of 45
i dont' think you will notice a difference in sound card unless you are an audio enthusiast

as in general most people hear sound and sound, and if it works then great.

as for people like me, we are picky about sound. we're looking for more quality, its not usually all in the sound card, but usually a sound card can do a big difference, but with a good sound card and bad speakers, its doing nothing

i like certain frequencies to be higher, some to be more in depth, some to be more defined. the typical sound card just works to get things done. alot of better sound cards have better sound processing units, and some are 24 bit and 32 bit and etc. but if you don't really listen to the sound, i mean LISTEN to it then a sound card won't do you too much better
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It really depends on how noisy your system is... it hardly matters from onboard to X-Fi (trust me, I've tried) when you have a noisy computer, but having a ass-silent one makes it unbeatable.
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post #4 of 45
Yeah. You need to be an "audiophile" to notice the difference.
Another plus with soundcards is that it does not stress the processor to play sound files
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post #5 of 45
Most sound cards will have software in which you can change most of the equalizer settings so you can bring out more bass/treble and most of the other frequencies.

So a sound card would actually help get you more sound from your music as well as movies and games.
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post #6 of 45
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Originally Posted by gonX View Post
It really depends on how noisy your system is... it hardly matters from onboard to X-Fi (trust me, I've tried) when you have a noisy computer, but having a ass-silent one makes it unbeatable.
My computer is very noisy, almost as much as a vacuum, and I notice a huge difference.. Did you use bad speakers or something? I'm using Kilpsch Promedia 5.1 Ultras.

Everyone who says you need to be a audiophile either needs to get new speakers, or get their hearing checked, because it is a HUGE difference..
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post #7 of 45
Yea, i can't tell the difference from onboard to sound card but ti takes a load of stress off the CPU.
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Cleaner and sharper sound. No more static!
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post #9 of 45
but im sure everyone has their own say in this
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post #10 of 45
lol like i said before,

good sound card and bad speakers is doing nothing.

good sound card and bad ears is doing ntohing.

bad sound card and bad speakers and good ears = bad sound

bad sound card and good speakers and good ears = average sound.

it all depends on what kind of sound card you get. usually if you get a high end mobo the sound that comes with it is alot better than cheap sound cards you can buy, but if you get a higher end sound card, its alot better than most on board audio
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