Yup, the concept is similar. If you feed a 128kb/s mp3 file through onboard to $20,000 speakers you'll still get crap sound and vice versa. Although, once you have an acceptable soundcard/DAC you'll gain far more with a better headpone/speaker. I would compare that situation to a 2600k. Let's say you're building a $3k rig - sure you could save a bit by going 2500k and still get great performance but if you've already got the best elsewhere, you're going to want to get that extra 10% to make the most out of the rest of your system.Originally Posted by tianhui;13569676
Also- Does the concept of bottle necking apply-
For example, you get a real nice 80 tier sound card but a Lower end 40$ tier headphone / speakers. Will the speakers/headphone bottleneck the true potential of the card?
And vice versa?
Here are a few solid options in that price range:Originally Posted by crizthakidd
so i just bought these cheap speakers
and was impressed much like others about how nice they sound for the price. with a little mod they were sounding nice. it gets boomy after high vol so i am looking for a sub that will shake things up i love house music, adefinitely gaming , and am doing a little more mixing now too so i def need high quality 120-170$ range for a sub to go with these speakers just to bring up the quality a bit more. any recommendations