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Will I notice a difference when buying a soundcard if I pair it up with my sony surround sound 5.1?

So many people always tell me onboard sound is good enough. I have never owned an actual sound card, so I really have no idea.
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If you are using a digital out to your Sony then there will be almost no difference but if you are using analog connection then there should be a lot of improvement....
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Grobinov View Post
If you are using a digital out to your Sony then there will be almost no difference but if you are using analog connection then there should be a lot of improvement....
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I would upgrade my speakers/headphones before changing sound cards. My JVC HA-RX700s make onboard sound significantly better. I've used three different sound cards with these headphones, (ranging from $30 to $140: ASUS Xonar DG, SIIG Soundwave 7.1 and X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro) and in my opinion, none of the upgrades were worth the price--I bought the X-Fi for much less than its retail price too.

I haven't tried to the Xonar DX or the Omega Striker, so I don't know if they'd be worth it, but I assume that they're both only slightly better than the X-Fi at best. So I've decided to stick with onboard until I have money to throw at a Xonar ST or STX.
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Yeah I use an optical cable.. So there would be no difference?

Then why are so many people all about sound cards.. Using Optical Audio is better than RCA cables correct..? (I don't know much about audio setups..)
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Between my onbard (I dont really know what it is) and the Asus Xonar DG 5.1 there was no major difference on both heaphones and 5.1

What I noticed is that those small sounds in games (CoD mainly like a knife in the distance) can be heared more.
post #7 of 13
If you're using digital signals, there is NO DIFFERENCE what so ever.

Even if you were using analogue, you're using a Sony setup. You wouldn't hear a difference with analogue either.
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post #8 of 13
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Yeah I use an optical cable.. So there would be no difference?

Then why are so many people all about sound cards.. Using Optical Audio is better than RCA cables correct..? (I don't know much about audio setups..)
There is always some difference when using higher quality components in soundcards but not much (if at all) in digital world. Since you are using a digital signal and if you dont need any of sounds effects or processing features of dedicated cards you wont really see much improvement in going with a dedicated one....
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post #9 of 13
basically if you're using a home theater or other surround system it doesn't make a whole lot of sense economically speaking or a real difference in sound
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post #10 of 13
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Wow, these are not the replies I was expecting!!!

Anyways, if you don't mind me asking, why do you guys send over 100 dollars on amazing (looking) soundcards lol...
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