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    Default Sound card or not

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    Default Re: Sound card or not

    it might be slightly better but the onboard sound is pretty good anyway,i dont notice much difference between my soundcard and onboard
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    Default Re: Sound card or not

    Very much depends what you do!
    If you play music or watch movies, then its fine.

    I have a simulator what has a large amount of sounds which swamps the onboard sound, more than 3 sounds at the same time and the sounds get put in a queue.

    I only bought a Creative x-fi titanium and it can handle about 20 sounds at the same time.

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    Default Re: Sound card or not

    Quote Originally Posted by wazza300 View Post
    it might be slightly better but the onboard sound is pretty good anyway,i dont notice much difference between my soundcard and onboard
    That's because the Xonar DG is an entry level soundcard and anything Logitech plus speakers is generally garbage. In short, your sound set up can definitely be improved.

    OP: Go for it. Spend as much as you can. You will reach a point of diminishing returns.

    Keep in mind that the following influence overall sound quality:

    Source (CD/MP3/FLAC etc)
    Sound Card
    Speakers/Headphones
    Any interference or noise
    Isolation
    Amplification

    Example: on my titanium card, unless I mute the front and rear mic ports, I get terrible hiss on 100% volume. This is why it defaults to about 30%. I however do not care for default settings or manufacturer recommendations :)
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    Default Re: Sound card or not

    dx is a mid range card,and logitech are good speakers,lots of software can improve your sound too,just dont believe spending 100's on sound equipment when mb sound is just as good imo,plus i heard creative sound drivers are a pain
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    >plus i heard creative sound drivers are a pain

    Heard from who?

    They work fine on my system

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    Default Re: Sound card or not

    from what ive read on the net,anyway if you want a sound card go ahead and buy one,its just my opinion that modern mb's onboard sound is more than enough for any everyday user,coupled with good quality speakers and headphones, plus software,i just found it a constant pain in the arse to keep having to fiddle with the xonar dx sound options to get the best sound from it,whether it was gaming/movies or music,with onboard i can set it and forget it

    if your card works fine on your system then good for you,im not gonna get into an arguement about it

    good software i find is jetaudio for films/music

    ac3 filter for movies is awesome
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    Default Re: Sound card or not

    Google search using: creative driver problems
    gives 178,000,000 hits
    Maybe their newer drivers are better, but in the past their were many issues.

    Onboard sound? Decent if you're not very demanding and/or have mid to lower end speakers or headphones.
    Logitech speakers = garbage? No way!
    Are their better speaker systems high fidelity? Nope, but some of their systems deliver excellent sound reproduction.

    My hearing isn't great; too many decades of motorcycle riding where wind noise has taken a toll.
    I've used the HT Omega Striker 7.1 and Claro plus+ pci sound cards for several years with my Z-5500 Logitech speakers and the sound is superior to onboard sound, especially with my Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones.
    HT Omega tech support is excellent; fast replies that are well written and they provide information that deals directly with your questions.

    A quality sound card's output will have a superior signal to noise ratio, better dynamic range and lower distortion.
    Some sound cards are better than others when it comes to special sound effects in computer games.

    That's my 2 cents.
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