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Poll Results: Do you think sound cards are worth it for the price?

 
  • 66% (111)
    Yes, I think they're worth it for their price
  • 33% (56)
    No, I don't think they're worth it for their price
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post #21 of 73
Quote:
Originally Posted by shuojinz View Post
Any non overpriced speakers&sound recommendations then?
"Overpriced" is subjective. Someone who truly cares about sound will spend hundreds on a proper setup. Personally, I'm running on a $100 sound card (technically $150 according to Creative, but it's not worth that much), with $150 speakers, and $80 headphones. I used to run onboard, with crappy logitech 2.1 speakers and a razer headset; I hadn't realized it, but the difference is PHENOMENAL.

I work in retail, however, so that ends up being $80 sound card, $80 speakers, and $30 headphones.

If either the MSRP sounds solid to you, or you know someone who works at Best Buy, grab a set of Klipsch Promedia 2.1 speakers, and a Sennheiser headset.

For the sound card, Asus' Xonars, Auzentech's X-fi's, etc. are solid options.
post #22 of 73
i have my current setup running through my receiver to 4 klipsch shelf speakers which makes up for the lack of a soundcard, but i can't stand listening to my headphones.
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post #23 of 73
If you dislike headphones like I do, the absolute best sound setup for under $1000 would definitely be a couple big bookshelf speakers or monitors and an AVR with a DAC. This could all cost as little as $150 for an excellent setup that would probably exceed any PC-specific speakers on the market.

There's no POINT in getting a sound card if you use a receiver with a DAC, and those are cheap. S/PDIF by definition is invariable, so a sound card would just be silly. I never use headphones and ended up selling my $250 HT Omega Halo Claro XT.
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post #24 of 73
haven't made the investment of a solid sound system yet, so there really is no point for me to get a sound card. a sound system will probably be the next thing i purchase, but then again i'm running sli 560's on an mATX board so i can't use a sound card .
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post #25 of 73
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Originally Posted by trulsrohk View Post
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.
This. A dedicated sound card usually has a higher signal-to-noise ratio compared to onboard. Basically a dedicated sound card will be louder. For us, louder sounds better even though the audio may be similar otherwise.
post #26 of 73
I'm currently using the onboard audio hooked up to some Soundstix II that I picked up cheap. Sounds decent enough. Could it be better? Certainly.

I'll get around to it eventually but it isn't a high priority although once I can pick up some decent headphones I might upgrade.
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post #27 of 73
For me it was explosions going from muffled farts to actual explosions. Also going from using an EQ for the desired sound to not needing one. My receiver is just used as a convenient and cost effective 5-channel amplification stage.

My first set of speakers was a pair of old Minimus 7s powerd by a Sonic T-Amp Gen2. Only cost me $50 because the speakers were from my parent's basement. I've still got the speakers wired together as a center channel. They still sell the Dayton Audio DTA-1 as the replacement for the T-Amp, I think one of those plus a pair of old Minimus 7s likely outperform any sub $100 2-channel setup. Then again, it's all in your ears.
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post #28 of 73
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Originally Posted by d0gr0ck View Post
For me it was explosions going from muffled farts to actual explosions. Also going from using an EQ for the desired sound to not needing one. My receiver is just used as a convenient and cost effective 5-channel amplification stage.

My first set of speakers was a pair of old Minimus 7s powerd by a Sonic T-Amp Gen2. Only cost me $50 because the speakers were from my parent's basement. I've still got the speakers wired together as a center channel. They still sell the Dayton Audio DTA-1 as the replacement for the T-Amp, I think one of those plus a pair of old Minimus 7s likely outperform any sub $100 2-channel setup. Then again, it's all in your ears.
Actual Explosions? LOL!
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post #29 of 73
Little X-Fi gamer... good 'nuff, and it takes a little load off the cpu... other than that, I have used onboard as well, it gets ya by I spose... similar setups side by side, probably be hard to tell the difference between them unless someone piped up and said so. Creative drivers are pretty meh though... so as time rolls on, may revisit the topic based on that item alone.
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post #30 of 73
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Originally Posted by Riou View Post
This. A dedicated sound card usually has a higher signal-to-noise ratio compared to onboard. Basically a dedicated sound card will be louder. For us, louder sounds better even though the audio may be similar otherwise.
Louder=/=Clearer
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