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If you have a good sound card but crappy speakers, will you know the difference? Will it sound better?

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you can always buy nice speakers later
    
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what are the speakers?

Maybe instead of (just for ease of explaining) getting a $200 soundcard, you could get a $100 soundcard and a $100 set of speakers?
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good speakers will sound like crap on a horrid sound card. my z5500s sound like crap on my 680is on board audio
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Yes, sound will be a little clearer. Works better with headphones or better speakers.
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get the jbl spot
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Only one person directly answered my question but... rep to all for inputs.
    
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Really i think its if you have an ear for these kinda things..i personally dont..people were saying Big differences between WMP and Winamp or foobar..i really REALLY tried to notice and difference and i honestly couldnt..and ive got nice system too, a quality denon amp and jamo studio speakers.
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post #9 of 13
You'll detect a difference in sound output quality, for sure.

Whether it's better or not is always subjective. Most modern discrete sound cards do produce better quality sound than an onboard solution, however.

For the best audio experience, however, go for balance. Good sound card + good speakers = good audio.
    
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post #10 of 13
Good speakers will sound really bad on a bad card. But you can get a decent card for about $30, and some decent speakers for less than $100.
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