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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 #51 of 73
Built a few systems over the week and I'm currently waiting for more parts to arrive for a simple HTPC MSI H67MA-E35 build.

Listening using onboard Realtek ALC887 with latest drivers (R258) on my HD595. Source is a FLAC vocal track record at studio quality 48kHz played back on Winamp 5, on WinXP it's being played back through ASIO plugin.

Comparing it to my X-Fi Fatality Pro (the one with the stupid front I/O panel) on my old XP Pro SP3 build to the MSI ALC887 onboard. At the same loudness level there really is no difference.

Of course the difference is very noticeable on my ST, but entry to mid level discrete vs modern onboard, not worth the money.
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post #52 of 73
Considering my headphones are 250OHM (And I also have a 600ohm pair laying around) I NEED an amp, so I just bought a soundcard with an amp.. smile.gif

I've spent $500 on sound in the last 2 months, and I think it was a big investment, but that's what it is! Sound-cards aren't really advancing like other hardware, my sound-card will be as good as long as it lasts.

The biggest area I noticed the difference in was actually games, not music. I swear to god Bad Company 2 SCARES me at how real it sounds now.
Edited by ZainyAntics - 3/16/11 at 4:56am
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post #53 of 73
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Originally Posted by The_Punisher;12625350 
Since your sound files on the computer are in digital format and you hear sound as analog waves, it must be converted. QUOTE]

not correct, I hear in all digital.. Feed me binary and I can enjoy my music.

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post #54 of 73
Quote:
Originally Posted by fg2chase;12789792 
Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Punisher;12625350 
Since your sound files on the computer are in digital format and you hear sound as analog waves, it must be converted.

not correct, I hear in all digital.. Feed me binary and I can enjoy my music.

devil-smiley-019.gif

Actually, based on what I've heard from one of my previous roommates who was a biomedical engineer, the human brain actually translates the audible analog signal to digital when firing off electrical signals.

As for the sound cards question, absolutely yes. Once you've heard good headphones/speakers through a good source, plugging even your worst earphone (in my case, the Meelectronics M9) into Realtek onboard can make you cringe.
Edited by RallyMaster - 3/19/11 at 9:01am
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post #55 of 73
I say screw both. My Yamaha RX-V765 is a drastic improvement over any sound card onboard or $200 bought.
post #56 of 73
Quote:
Originally Posted by RallyMaster;12789876 
Actually, based on what I've heard from one of my previous roommates who was a biomedical engineer, the human brain actually translates the audible analog signal to digital when firing off electrical signals.

As for the sound cards question, absolutely yes. Once you've heard good headphones/speakers through a good source, plugging even your worst earphone (in my case, the Meelectronics M9) into Realtek onboard can make you cringe.

Fascinating... and defintely makes sense...
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post #57 of 73
Im getting HARX-900`s tomorrow, and when i build my rig I think im just going to go with an Icon uDac for general music listening.
post #58 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.

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post #59 of 73
If you are running a $50 2.1 system then its a toss up, but for me running hifi speakers I can definitely tell a difference. There are also other features, like real time DD encoding, better recording options, etc.
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post #60 of 73
Sound cards aren't just "worth it" It's a must have in any system.

If you have any respect to "sound/music" you hear, you'll never use on-board sound card.

e.g. It's similar to IGP and 320x240 resolution gaming biggrin.gif

Unless you experience the difference, you'll never know it. But there is a catch. Using $20 headphones won't yield good sound obviously. Must have decent pair of cups or speakers.
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