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How Much Difference Does A Sound Card Make?

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Hey everyone, I'm not an audiophile by any means, but after buying my first pair of decent headphones I'm really starting to enjoy audio both during games and music.

I noticed that there was an Xtreme Music Sound Card for $40. I was wondering how much of a difference I would find, from going to some Realktek Intergreated Sound to this.
post #2 of 25
Quite a bit of difference.
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well, you probably would be able to tell with a really good pair of head phones. you definately would be able to tell the differece with a surround sound system. you wouldn't be able to tell the difference with just regular computer speakers though. so you really need to match the card up with some nice speakers also, to take full advantage of the card. (my opinion!)
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I believe the Xtreme music is a no-no card. You'd be much better off with an Xtreme gamer.
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I believe the Xtreme music is a no-no card. You'd be much better off with an Xtreme gamer.
The Xtreme Audio is no-no. The XtremeMusic is a good sound card capable of being modded to sound even better.
    
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A dedicated sound card will make a huge difference in the quality of your audio, especially a real XFI such as the XtremeMusic. Even a cheap set of headphones or speakers will sound much better. That is also an excellent price if it is real.

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I believe the Xtreme music is a no-no card. You'd be much better off with an Xtreme gamer.
Wrong, the XtremeMusic is an excellent card. I loved mine. Its the XtremeAudio that you want to stay away from.
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You will notice a huge difference!

If you get either an xfi music or gamer you will be sitting pretty. The x-fi audio however uses software rendering so it wont even touch the music or gamer.

Good luck
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You will notice a huge difference!

If you get either an xfi music or gamer you will be sitting pretty. The x-fi audio however uses software rendering so it wont even touch the music or gamer.

Good luck
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post #9 of 25
Huge dif mate.....It will deliver 20 to 30 times cleaner audio compared to onboard audio built into your mainboard.....Also to take advantage of the dedicated audio card you have to have decent set of speakers!.....A good sound card to start is a bulk Audigy 2ZS/Chaintech AV710 or straight away Xtreme Music!
    
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Quote:
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20 to 30 times cleaner audio compared to onboard audio built into your mainboard
20-30 times cleaner? What does that mean? Please link to your source.
    
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