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I have a Sennheiser HD 515 at the moment for headphones and Logitech LS2.1 speakers. (I use the headphones more though).

I play Bad Company 2 at the moment and plan on getting Battlefield 3 when it releases. I've heard that the sound quality is meant to be really good so I have started wondering about a soundcard. Music I listen to ranges from 70s rock (Led Zeppelin etc) to old school rap if that makes a difference.

Will I notice a difference with my current audio set-up?

Will the choice of soundcard affect Skype/teamspeak etc?

I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to sound related stuff so any help is greatly appreciated.
     
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Hmm, I probably wouldn't spend any money on a good sound card unless I upgraded those headphones/speakers.
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Well, I've had far worse headphones than he has right now and did notice an improvement when I got a sound card.
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Well, he might notice an improvement but you'll always wonder how it could perform with some high quality headphones/speakers. I just don't see the logic spending $100-$200 on a good sound card for $40 headphones and $30 speakers.
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Yes, you should consider getting one. I notice alot of different when I purchased my sound card. Although, it only cost $50 the sounds were alot sharper and I hear sounds in songs that wasn't there before. Likewise for gaming.
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Originally Posted by Iceman23 View Post
Hmm, I probably wouldn't spend any money on a good sound card unless I upgraded those headphones/speakers.
Your kidding right?
A soundcard can make just about any headphones sound better.
And the 515s are some damn good headphones.
They are far from the best, but they are still fantastic.


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Well, he might notice an improvement but you'll always wonder how it could perform with some high quality headphones/speakers. I just don't see the logic spending $100-$200 on a good sound card for $40 headphones and $30 speakers.
An ASUS Xonar DX or a D1 ($90) would be worth every penny for him.
As I said, a sound card can make just about any set of speakers sound better, especially if the headphones are HD515s.
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I moved from integrated sound to an Auzentech X-Fi Bravura, and even though my speakers are not great (Logitech X-540 5.1 System) I still noticed a nice improve in sound quality in Bad Company 2

So I'd say yes, it's definitely worth it.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PhilWrir View Post
Your kidding right?
A soundcard can make just about any headphones sound better.
And the 515s are some damn good headphones.
They are far from the best, but they are still fantastic.




An ASUS Xonar DX or a D1 ($90) would be worth every penny for him.
As I said, a sound card can make just about any set of speakers sound better, especially if the headphones are HD515s.
Not kidding at all. I fail to see the logic in spending more on on the soundcard than the playback device.
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my onboard realtek is giving me problems...im looking into a new sound card aswell, the onboard sometimes randomly cuts out completely in games.

far as it goes, ive heard good things about the xonar, ive heard some good things about the soundblaster x-fi, but havent really heard much else
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post #10 of 21
Its all going to depend on the sound hardware that you are trying to drive and how big your budget is. If you get a sound card, it is going to give at least a bit of an improvement over on board, no matter what your current gear.

Answer my 2 questions and we can pick out a sound card or DAC that best suits your needs. Who knows, maybe we could get you some better cans and or some better speakers while we are at it.
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