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Originally Posted by usmcz;12347975 
Hey, it sounds like you're pretty satisfied with what you have now. I'd say save the cash up until you can buy better speakers.. or just save it for more beer. We use some similar bookshelf type speakers for our college parties as well. I had nicer speakers, but honestly those were nicer just for me personally to use (movies, games, etc)... with lots of people you basically just want lots of noise. I'd recommend playing with the EQ if you already haven't on your onboard sound and it will breathe some life back into them.

I play with the EQ all the time and some plug ins for media monkey as well. My cable is aux (idk what to call it, it's regular audio at one end) and analog split at the other end, I paid $20 for it, it's pretty thick- I guess it won't make much of a difference how much you pay for it- just like HDMI cables and their scams.

I got this 2 years back, it looks ugly and everything- but it was literally the most bang for the buck.

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Originally Posted by Kia Kore;12347827 
the sound is also only as good as the wires connecting it to the sound systme... if you use the black things that are like bell wire, expect poor sound..... invest 10£ in a good cable to connect the 2 then try and listen between botht he cables it makes one hell of a difference.

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Originally Posted by LingLing1337;12347820 
Better to get a nice USB DAC (iBasso D2+ is great as it's portable and can act as headphone amp, DAC only, or both.)

Is that an external audio card then?
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Originally Posted by Maxxa;12347782 
I just bought a creative Titanium card.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102024

I'll let you know in about a week how much better it makes games like BFBC2 and Music.

I almost bought a USB headphone sound card but opted for the internal with more features.

Alright keep me posted!
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Originally Posted by LingLing1337;12347738 
No, soundcard will make no difference. An internal sound card is a very bad route for upgrading sound in the first place.

Not much will help "party" or "boombox" style systems like yours anyway.

I don't have $800 for a nice pre amp, and I don't have $800 for good speakers either, so this thing will do until I get out of college.

So then, external won't do it either??
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Originally Posted by Cee;12347714 
Looking at your setup, a sound will make a lot of difference !
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I tried going in depth with your post... I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not lol
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Originally Posted by youra6;12347660 
I bought one of these for sale for $300 a couple of years ago for college parties. Its a solid partying and gaming machine, but the SQ on the thing is inferior than other bookshelf speakers I have at home.

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That's the one I wanted, and you got it for really cheap, it makes a lot of noise and shakes the walls, but that's about it. I play electro house and metal on it- does the job for the $200.

I remember connecting it to my Barracuda AC-1 at the time, and could not really hear a difference. That is not to say you wont either, but from my experience, an amp will not help with the sound quality on these Mini Hi-fi component systems.

Btw: Nice triceps. tongue.gif

I see u mirin my 17 inch pythons.
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I just got my card today and you know what? I love it. It also gave me another optical input which lets me use my PS3 and PC. Sound is clear and crisp, not overly easy to figure out at first but thats half the fun.
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I guess it won't make much of a difference how much you pay for it- just like HDMI cables and their scams.

I got this 2 years back, it looks ugly and everything- but it was literally the most bang for the buck.
When you're paying $26,000 for 2m of cabling I think it should matter to a certain extent. Nordost Odin Supreme Reference Cables.
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I play with the EQ all the time and some plug ins for media monkey as well. My cable is aux (idk what to call it, it's regular audio at one end) and analog split at the other end, I paid $20 for it, it's pretty thick- I guess it won't make much of a difference how much you pay for it- just like HDMI cables and their scams.
The reason HDMI cables don't matter is because the signal's digital. It either works or it doesn't: it's just 0s and 1s. For analog cables though, it does affect quality. Still generally speaking (though not always true) the thickness of the cable is indicative of quality.
     
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Still generally speaking (though not always true) the thickness of the cable is indicative of quality.
Which all that matters in short distances. The AWG gauge of the speaker wire.
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