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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 #31 of 73
My mobo came with a built in soundcard, the soundblaster x-fi or w/e. It's noticeably better than what I was using before which was some realtek hd audio thing on my old gigabyte board. When I do upgrade, im defo picking up a dedicated sound card.
     
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post #32 of 73
Moved from via integrated to a xonar dg today.

There is a difference in sound quality, and its a definite improvement, Its not like a night and day difference, but it just feels a bit more rich. I might reactivate my onboard later, then listen to both, and see how much better the xonar is.

What surprised me the most is what it did to my framerates. I wasn't expecting any real difference but i ran the heaven benchmark anyway, and i went from 34 to 38fps .
     
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post #33 of 73
I voted yes, but I got my X-Fi XtremeMusic for only $30, so that's not really a lot to spend. Before that I used an Audigy 2zs Platinum, and before that I don't I cared about sound...lol
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post #34 of 73
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Can anyone explain what is a "DAC"? The most relevant thing I have found so far is a digital to analog converter is that it? If so would that be of better use to me than an sound card? I care more about music than sounds in games. Would be great if someone could recommend me one. Thanks
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post #35 of 73
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Originally Posted by shuojinz View Post
Can anyone explain what is a "DAC"? The most relevant thing I have found so far is a digital to analog converter is that it? If so would that be of better use to me than an sound card? I care more about music than sounds in games. Would be great if someone could recommend me one. Thanks
Yeah, you wanna go with a DAC if you have the money and if you like music more than games. Also depends on the headphones you're using.
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post #36 of 73
sennheiser 595's with an xfi fatlity or whatever...is like heaven
post #37 of 73
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Yeah, you wanna go with a DAC if you have the money and if you like music more than games. Also depends on the headphones you're using.
I don't use headphones I have Logitech X-140 speakers. Also by "Yeah" I assume you mean I am correct when I said DAC stand for Digital to Analog converter?
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post #38 of 73
Absolutely worth it. My few experiences with onboard sound have been uniformly terrible...

Even a cheap Asus Xonar DS far surpasses any onboard sound I have tested.
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post #39 of 73
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Can anyone explain what is a "DAC"? The most relevant thing I have found so far is a digital to analog converter is that it? If so would that be of better use to me than an sound card? I care more about music than sounds in games. Would be great if someone could recommend me one. Thanks
The DAC is the chip (or device aka sound card aka receiver) that decodes the digital audio stream into analog. When you listen to sound it is in analog, much can be distorted if that conversion is bad/has noise.

When the Digital to Analog conversion happens in a PC there is a lot of electronic noise that can cause interference. Generally integrated sound picks up more of this seeing as it is part of the MB. (My integrated would pick up hard disk noise when I let it do the analog conversion on my HTPC) Sound cards can avoid this with shielding or by mere virtue of being on a seperate PCB.


My Personal preference is to use a external receiver fed by PCM over HDMI with all sound processing (computer side) turned off. With studio monitors.
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post #40 of 73
I use a Dac/preAmp/Amp, I have all my components PC - PS3 - DRV - Reciever - Portable music player connected by various connections so all sound gets done external and boosted for speakers/headphones. Makes me a happy listener

I thought about a sound card but for a little extra $ I could have everything throuh one device.
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