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Originally Posted by kiwiasian View Post
does it make any difference that processing occurs in the sound card rather than the cpu?
i am a music producer and haven't had any issues with sound processing on my i7.

i am just using somewhat high-end headphones, would i benefit from a sound card?
As a music producer, you will likely want to hear the sound as crisply and accurately as possible.
The most efficient route is to use the optical out (all digital signal), send it to an external digital to analog converter (cleans up the sound), then to a dedicated amplifier that you connect your headphones to.

This same structure can be used for speakers.

This way, instead of leaving the digital to anolog convesion as well as the amplification to onboard or a dedicated sound card, the sound quality is noticebly better.

The better the speakers/headphone, you don't want to skip on everything between the sound wave that is digitally stored, and what actually comes out of the headphones.
Edited by noname - 11/27/10 at 4:29pm
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sorry to threadjack, but i am also wondering the same thing. is it worth buying a sound card over onboard sound, if i send the audio to a samsung home cinema system via optical spdif?
Nah, all of the processing happens at the receiver.
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sorry to threadjack, but i am also wondering the same thing. is it worth buying a sound card over onboard sound, if i send the audio to a samsung home cinema system via optical spdif?
No. Almost all onboard solutions have good optical outputs. A sound card would not be necessary or used at all. All the processing is done by the receiver.
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Coming from a gaming standpoint, a soundcard makes a world of difference. When I played games like BFBC2 or MW2, my onboard sound made everything sound somewhat normal but you couldn't quite hear everything.

When I bought my Asus Xonar DX, you could really hear the leaves, grass and silenced guns a LOT better than the muffled quiet version that the onboard could do. I didn't believe it until I tried it either. But it makes a world of difference if you are trying to hear the little things.
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No. Almost all onboard solutions have good optical outputs. A sound card would not be necessary or used at all. All the processing is done by the receiver.
Except for the fact that I know of zero onboard solutions that can stream Dolby Digital or DTS to the receiver. I can't agree with your statement at all.
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i suppose i'll buy a sound card from a local retailer to test it out and see how big of a difference it really makes.

i am still skeptical, how can a sound card "clarify" sound?
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What if your audio is going via hdmi from you video card? will a sound card make a difference for that? i would think not, but i could be wrong.
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post #18 of 45
Do this:
Get a DAC/AMP combo (go look in the HIFI section) so you can use your onboard to stream the digital signal and the DAC/AMP combo will be headphone ready. It's easy, and the sound quality is much better than plugging your headphones directly into the soundcard.
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Except for the fact that I know of zero onboard solutions that can stream Dolby Digital or DTS to the receiver. I can't agree with your statement at all.
I thought one would be able to bit-stream the data to the receiver, and from there the receiver would decode the data.
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I thought one would be able to bit-stream the data to the receiver, and from there the receiver would decode the data.
I'm wondering this as well because I just bought this surround setup :

to use with my 360/ps3/PC

and I thought I would need a sound card but it seems like I actually wouldn't? I bought a xfi titanium and I could easily send it back if I don't need it and use that $70 for something better like food

My other concern is I want to be able to get the directional audio in headphones so you can hear footsteps direction in FPS games. Would the receiver be able to do this or what do I need?

thank you! all this is new and confusing to me!
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