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I'm not much of an audiophile, would I notice a difference? What would installing a sound card have an effect on?

I was considering getting a sound card for my new Logitech Z623 system; the lower frequencies aren't very loud in comparison with higher 'sub-frequencies'. Is this just the speakers' subwoofer needing more juice or could the lows be clearer with say, an Asus Xonar DS?

Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Sound cards do improve quality. You'll hear instruments in songs that you never knew were there before... and it also sounds much more epic in games
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post #3 of 29
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Originally Posted by Rakhasa View Post
Sound cards do improve quality. You'll hear instruments in songs that you never knew were there before... and it also sounds much more epic in games
Not only this,But your games and videos will run smoother and sound better.
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Match it with good quality speakers or headsets... It will blow your mind
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Originally Posted by AMOCO View Post
Not only this,But your games and videos will run smoother and sound better.
Sound cards don't make anything smoother if you already have a quad core.

It does help the sound quality quite a bit though.
 
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post #6 of 29
They improve sound quality, but not nearly as much as an external DAC/amp. If your budget is in the $200+ range definitely look at something external. For cheap digital out on an old motherboard, a sound card is nice.

"Sound cards don't make anything smoother if you already have a quad core."

If you have LGA775 or newer you shouldn't have any problem with audio...
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it basically does what a dedicated video card or dedicated network card does it removes the load from the cpu thus improving performance and better sound!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AMOCO View Post
Not only this,But your games and videos will run smoother and sound better.
Ignore this post

Sound changes if you get a new sound card specially IF you have a nice stereo system not gaming gear you get in a small box from logitech


If your only looking for gaming sound to be better just go with a lower turtle beach or creative to be cheap dont go high end your not going to notice it and youll most likely waist your money
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Match it with good quality speakers or headsets... It will blow your mind
^this.

A soundcard will definitely help...but not low quality speakers.

Stay away from Logitech...they use muddy fronts that lack midrange and overwhelm you with a boomy subwoofer.
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Thanks for the opinions guys. After reading this thread I figured I might as well get one to see what all the fuss is about.

Going for the 'budget' Asus Xonar DS. rep'd you guys.
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