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I know a talked about this a lot but I was comparing onboard with a group of people who didn't know which one I had it plugged in to and everyone including me thought the sound was better when connected to my onboard compared to my sound card. I know the sound card is old in my sig but I am getting a better one but I just thought you guys all said any sound card is always better then onboard. I think my mobo was underestimated.
 

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Hack your soundcard with the x-fi drivers and then try it again, thats what i did.
 

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I heard about that but I am getting a wayyyyyyy better card within a month anyways. I can hear the slight difference myself and I think onbaord sounds a little clearer myself.
 

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Then keep the onboard sound, dont bother with a sound card until you can buy an external DAC
 

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or your friends hearing is weird
u cant compare soundcards by sound only

Reading a spec sheet is better
 

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132018

Buy that if you are going to get one. You get a life time warranty with it and decent cans also in the package.

But i mean if you are happy with the onboard then just use it. Or what are you plans on using the dedicated sound card for and what speakers?

Edit button is nice......
 

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200 bucks that would have been better spent on an external DAC...

optical out is normally best...

what speakers/headphones do you have anyways?

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Hi,

from my personal experience with soundcards, if you are not planning to record / run music creation apps (cubase, pro tools, reaper, sonar, etc.) buying a "gamer" soundcard will not change much.

- 192kHz/24 bit is useless for music/games today. either CD or good quality mp3 is 44kHz/16bit max.

- even if you could find 192kHz/24bit material, if you do not have top quality DAC, amplifier & speakers, you would not be able to tell the difference...

i do not know what kind of speakers/headphone you use, but i would strongly recommend you first make sure you have a decent chain of conversion: DAC to amplifier to speaker. or DAC to preamplifier to headphones.

also remember that you need to match these components carefully as the overall sound quality will match the lower component's...

hope that helps make sure your friends can tell the difference
 

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My main use for the sound card will be for music listening. I have:

headphones: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826402012
Speakers: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...hile%20AV%2030
sub: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-034-_-Product

And I liked this sound card:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829271004
because it has built in headphone amp. My speakers have built in amp so I only need one for headphones anyways.

I didn't actually buy the sound card yet though.
 

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My main use for the sound card will be for music listening. I have:

headphones: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826402012
Speakers: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...hile%20AV%2030
sub: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-034-_-Product

And I liked this sound card:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829271004
because it has built in headphone amp. My speakers have built in amp so I only need one for headphones anyways.

I didn't actually buy the sound card yet though.

don't know your headphones. 300$ should make them very good, but when i read type: stereo/DJ, i am not so confident anymore as DJ headphones are usually designed to put an emphasis on bass...

your speakers seem a littlebit on the downside. Sub does help compensate for low-end lack, but does not help have a more focused/precise sound.

as you rather seem confused about what to buy next, i would ask what kind of budget you are ready to spend & which conditions you want to listen your music (headphones &/or speakers) ?

from my experience, the most importants parts are (decreasing order): speakers/headphones (depending on use/neighboors), then DAC, then preamp for headphones. for speakers with integrated amplifier, if budget allows, going for some double amplification is always a good choice.
 

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I honestly can't say a budget because I have no clue what I even want anymore. Everyone always tells me different things. Also the headphones are not that heavy on the bass. It is clearer or louder imo. So ya anyways I have no idea what to do now then.
 

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When it comes to gaming:

Onboard = almost always 32 simultaneous 3D voices = many sounds not playing at all.

30 dollar CMI sound card = 128 3D voices = hearing pretty much everything.
 
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