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    Yes, I think they're worth it for their price
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post #11 of 73
I bought a HT Omega card from another member to bring more life to my old Logitech Z-560 setup, I too noticed I don't need to crank volume in windows and Media player as high. Plus everything is a lot crisper too, mid's and high don't blend together. The clarity of the bass is very nice too.
    
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I have Logitech X-140 speakers, if I got a sound card will I notice significant improvements? I'm a music fanatic, trance,metal,classical, you name it, I listen to it.
So any recommendations to me?
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post #13 of 73
Im happy with my On-Board but I do have Creative SupremeFX X-Fi Onboard
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post #14 of 73
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I have Logitech X-140 speakers, if I got a sound card will I notice significant improvements? I'm a music fanatic, trance,metal,classical, you name it, I listen to it.
So any recommendations to me?
Probably not But, If you ever get some better speakers I'd recommend the Asus Xonar DX. Only around $60 and its great for music
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post #15 of 73
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I have Logitech X-140 speakers, if I got a sound card will I notice significant improvements? I'm a music fanatic, trance,metal,classical, you name it, I listen to it.
So any recommendations to me?
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post #16 of 73
only thing i really care about the sound that much for is movies and i get hd audio bitstreaming from my 6970

also beware that sound cards stock settings can come with a bunch of extra filters and eq settings that can make things sound better then the flat signal that is coming out of the onboard, but chances that you could actually notice the difference if you were blindfolded and those settings went away are extremely minute.

The human ear is very fickle and a dedicated soundcard even simply boosting the volume a little bit can trick us into thinking we are getting better sound when it is only better volume.
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post #17 of 73
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to be fair I have never experienced the difference of a sound card and onboard sound.
this...

you should try one.
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Any non overpriced speakers&sound recommendations then?
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post #19 of 73
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I personally have always used integrated sounds and so far I don't have any complains about it. I see many people spend $100+ on a sound card and personally from what I've seen the price doesn't justify the improvement of sound quality.
But of course to be fair I have never experienced the difference of a sound card and onboard sound.
Depends on your purpose. I purchased mine to save money on buying a desktop amp, that can easily cost $1000+, since my headphones are all under 300 Ohms; the Xonar ST drives them nicely.

If your purpose is purely music, I say skip the soundcard and get yourself a quality external DAC and a TOSLINK cable.

If your purpose is gaming then by all means get a discrete SC.

If you want quality sound, spending anything less than $200 is a waste of money, but hey someone has to fill that section of the market and that market is doing quite well.
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post #20 of 73
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Any non overpriced speakers&sound recommendations then?
I got my X-Fi XtremeMusic for like $20 a year or so back right off Creative's website... which at the time made it an awesome bang for the buck sound card. However I don't think they make this particular model anymore, and I am not sure what current models are comparable to this.
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