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

 
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    Yes, I think they're worth it for their price
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    No, I don't think they're worth it for their price
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post #61 of 73
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Originally Posted by voxox;12885738 
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.

Realtek 889a onboard aint too shabby
    
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post #62 of 73
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Originally Posted by listen to remix;12885771 
Realtek 889a onboard aint too shabby

...to a casual listener. If you're an audiophile person with good pair of cups and listening to FLAC audio, you'll want to break it in pieces. sozo.gif
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post #63 of 73
Maybe I'm doing it wrong but I was pretty happy with my audio before I added the Xonar DX. I'm still happy with the audio, but now I have $100 less dollars.
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post #64 of 73
would a soundcard improve the sound i get from my logitech z5300? Also are logitechs still considered good? its been a while, last soundcard i bought was a creative audigy 2.
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post #65 of 73
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Originally Posted by donkru;12886271 
would a soundcard improve the sound i get from my logitech z5300? Also are logitechs still considered good? its been a while, last soundcard i bought was a creative audigy 2.

Word on the street is that Logitech sound gear is "sonically challenged." A new sound card won't make them sound better. The ALC892 should be more than enough to max them out. You can always buy a Xonar DX from Fry's and test it yourself. You'll see.
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post #66 of 73
A couple years ago I compared my friend's Auzentech Forte with my then-current computer's ALC889c.
After listening to music on his computer for a couple hours, I can definitely say that a sound card improves on finer details.

Still, I don't care about sound quality enough to warrant spending money on sound cards.
Modern onboard sound is adequate for me.
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post #67 of 73
Quote:
Originally Posted by BillOhio;12886234 
Maybe I'm doing it wrong but I was pretty happy with my audio before I added the Xonar DX. I'm still happy with the audio, but now I have $100 less dollars.

You have the same mobo as me, so your onboard was the ALC889. In my limited but growing experience, in order to feel like you got your money's worth by upgrading from that to the DX, you're gonna need some good ~$100 headphones. I have $40 JVC HA-RX700 and there is not one single difference between listening to them with the ALC889 or the Xonar Essence STX.
Edited by cuad - 3/27/11 at 12:35am
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post #68 of 73
A sound card is an absolute must if you game where there will be a significant number of sounds around at the same time.

On-board sound in general only supports 32 simultaneous 'voice', even budget oriented sound cards commonly support 128. This can be the difference between hearing everything (tank treads, footsteps, gunfire) and being completely deaf to 3/4th of what's going on around you.

Also, for raw audio quality, you don't need super expensive speakers to tell the difference. Even my modest Klipsch 2.1s make the difference between on board and a 50 dollar sound card quite clear.

I've had countless motherboards, and even the best on-board is no match for the CMI8787 on my 40 dollar Xonar DS.
Edited by Blameless - 3/27/11 at 12:36am
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post #69 of 73
I think im gonna save up for a good pair of headphones and a soundcard. All the money I spent to get better visual quality I almost feel like im abandoning my hearing. Funny thing is I have bad eyes and bionic ears(as my family calls it). Thanks for the info.
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post #70 of 73
Quote:
Originally Posted by cuad;12886475 
you're gonna need some good ~$100 headphones.

With the card, a Craigslist receiver and sub (that I love), and a pair of P4's I'm at what would've been $800 in the US for Audio (more in CA). That won't impress the hardcore audiophiles here but it's not garbage. All I'm saying is that the stuff sounded pretty good to me coming from the onboard.

I'm not sure I have the best hearing in the world, and I have had to keep the volume down in an apartment, so I may not be getting the full benefit of the card.
Edited by BillOhio - 3/29/11 at 7:49pm
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