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Everyone is entitled to their own opinion because not all ears are created equal. haha
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post #22 of 45
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Originally Posted by Mr. Mojo View Post
I just recently purchased an Audigy2 ZS from a guy here on OCN to upgrade my Realtek HD onboard sound, and I do notice a difference through my Logitech x-530's (same speakers you have except 5.1). I don't really know how to explain, but I'd say that the music is cleaner and it's easier to hear the minor details. The surround features on the Audigy are also much better, especially when gaming. On the Realtek everything either sounded like it was directly to my left or right (like I only had stereo instead of 5.1) and it all sounded like it was the same distance from me no matter where I moved. With the Audigy, the sounds fade in as I approach and fade out as I leave an area. I can turn my POV and the sounds respond appropriately.

I am glad I made the switch to a real sound card, but I was also happy with on-board for years. I'd say to grab an x-fi if you have some extra cash, but don't empty your wallet for one. I also wouldn't bother with the cheaper sound cards as they're basically the same thing as on-board.
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Well maybe in my next build i will include a sound card.

I like music, but i'm not too concerned that i am missing THAT MUCH atm.

I like games, but the only game i have that could benefit from improved sound would be oblivion, and that is already superb. Supreme commander is all about massive explosions and bass lol!

And yeah i know my realtek doesn't have the good features and stuff duckie, i just meant it has a mixer and some other stuff lol.
And i'm not concerned about the stress on the CPU lol

Although i might invest in some better earphones for my Ipod Nano... i think those stock earphones leave something to be desired.
post #24 of 45
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And yeah i know my realtek doesn't have the good features and stuff duckie, i just meant it has a mixer and some other stuff lol.
And i'm not concerned about the stress on the CPU lol
The note about EAX is that RealTek says it supports it.... independent testing says they don't.
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Well, it depends on your soundsystem... really...

If you just have some really ****ty speakers that's worth 2 bucks you really don't need a sound card, but if sound quality is important to you and you use the computer to watch movies and play music a lot and have a kick ass surround system, then you should consider to get a sound card.

Remember, a good soundcard don't do jack on some crappy speakers
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I've actually used the EAX on RealTek integrated audio so... whatev'

But the gaming experience is soooo much better on a real sound card. I stopped gaming for a while when my old sound blaster blew out because the sound out of the onboard audio was just so bad.
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Originally Posted by aaronman View Post
I've actually used the EAX on RealTek integrated audio so... whatev'

But the gaming experience is soooo much better on a real sound card. I stopped gaming for a while when my old sound blaster blew out because the sound out of the onboard audio was just so bad.
Check MaximumPC comments about RealTek and EAX.... A few others...

http://techreport.com/onearticle.x/12449
http://opensource.creative.com/piper...ry/010203.html
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post #28 of 45
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Originally Posted by Dezixn View Post
Well maybe in my next build i will include a sound card.

I like music, but i'm not too concerned that i am missing THAT MUCH atm.

I like games, but the only game i have that could benefit from improved sound would be oblivion, and that is already superb. Supreme commander is all about massive explosions and bass lol!

And yeah i know my realtek doesn't have the good features and stuff duckie, i just meant it has a mixer and some other stuff lol.
And i'm not concerned about the stress on the CPU lol

Although i might invest in some better earphones for my Ipod Nano... i think those stock earphones leave something to be desired.
ipod nano's earphones have a bit of bass but they highs are very bad, i upgraded from theyr firt gen earphones/the newones have other design with less bass IMO) to some creative's HQ-1700 and it's a world difference in bass mostly but highs also.
I hear mostly techno btw.
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But it still works to some extent even though it's not full support.

I can hear the difference between using EAX in the onboard and not using EAX
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I don't know if anyone has mentioned this because i didn't read the whole thread, but since your listening to music from your computer, MP3's are crap.. You want a lossless compression, i.e flac, frog, wave...
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