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Most people that say a sound card makes no difference have never listened to one.

I've become a bit of a budding audiophile, but I wasn't when I got my X-Fi, and I certainly wasn't when I got my Live! 24-Bit before it. Both times I noticed a large difference in audio quality.
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Check out my FAQ in my sig should tell you most things you need to know about soundcards
     
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to even notice the difference in using a mid-range sound card as opposed to onboard, you will need speakers that are pretty good - as some of the sound qual is also lost on crappy speakers from 1989... trust me I know this XD

I upgraded to a stand alone audio card just so my cpu could hand off the sound processing load to the card

edit: also having low bitrate music will degrade sound quality. 100 is LOW - 192 is cd quality, and generally 128-160 is acceptable for compression... but I keep mine at 192 since I have a dedicated music HDD anyways.
    
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Speakers from '89 may not have the quality but they have a warm sound that people go for
     
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im not sure, so i spent £2.25 (delivered) on this Creative SB Live! 5.1 off eBay, i DID notice the difference and for £2 you really can't aruge
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Its the speakers. Ive got them as well and they really get everything they can out of your onboard great quality only now i have noticed with some new games the sound is a bit staticy but for music there great.
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personally Id like to see some higher quality speakers for PCs... if not Im about to go get some mid-range car audio stuff and ghetto rig me a true system.
    
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Originally Posted by DontPassTheFence View Post
to even notice the difference in using a mid-range sound card as opposed to onboard, you will need speakers that are pretty good - as some of the sound qual is also lost on crappy speakers from 1989... trust me I know this XD

I upgraded to a stand alone audio card just so my cpu could hand off the sound processing load to the card

edit: also having low bitrate music will degrade sound quality. 100 is LOW - 192 is cd quality, and generally 128-160 is acceptable for compression... but I keep mine at 192 since I have a dedicated music HDD anyways.
192kb is not CD Quality, or anywhere need it. First off, mP3 goes up to 320kb, so it would need to ADD data when converting to mp3. FLAC is in the range of 700kbs, and that's still compressed from CD Quality.
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i used to have all my music in 1000 kb/s Lossless WMA's, iirc CD's are around 1600 kb/s
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Originally Posted by Namrac View Post
Most people that say a sound card makes no difference have never listened to one.

I've become a bit of a budding audiophile, but I wasn't when I got my X-Fi, and I certainly wasn't when I got my Live! 24-Bit before it. Both times I noticed a large difference in audio quality.
Damn right, I went from onboard to live 24 to X-Fi and have noticed big differences between each move. I dont even have amazing speakers just 5.1 speakers that were maybe worth about £40 at the time.

Moving from onboard to live 24 got rid of crackling at higher volumes and more defined sound in something like Half life 2 (probably from EAX). X-Fi introduced even more quality more noticable in playing mp3's and movies.
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