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Thread: Sound Blaster Live or on board? also Headphone suggestions




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    Default Sound Blaster Live or on board? also Headphone suggestions

    I am upgrading my mobo to ASRock 939SLI32-eSATA2 Socket 939 ULi M1697 ATX AMD Motherboard -

    with a AMD 3700+Sand Diego cpu

    I currently have a sound blaster live sound card, would this be better for than onboard sound?

    also, I think I want might get headphones soon. Does anyone recomend a good set of headphones for PC Gaming for around 50 bucks?

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    Default Re: Sound Blaster Live or on board? also Headphone suggestions

    surely you can tell it the soundblaster would be better? it will take load off the motherboard and processor (i think) and aside from that, give you much better quality. my asrock has basic audio, and i can easily tell the difference between it and my old, but higher quality, soundblaster gold AWE 64
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    Default Re: Sound Blaster Live or on board? also Headphone suggestions

    It will certainly help performance, and even sound quality will be a little better.

    You should be looking into a headset for gaming. Logitech makes some nice gaming headsets.

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    Default Re: Sound Blaster Live or on board? also Headphone suggestions

    For quality headphones, take a look at Sennheiser. They even have a new gaming headset if you are into that kind of thing. I bought a pair of Sennheiser headphones about 9 months ago, I will never go back to JVC or Panasonic or Sony. For refrence I bought the HD477's and the HD555's just reciently. I use the HD555 for anything coming from my computer. Movies, music, games, everything. The HD477 are being used with my MP3 player/diskman, portable devices. They are amaizing quality.
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    Default Re: Sound Blaster Live or on board? also Headphone suggestions

    I will agree that Sennheiser is arguably the best maker of headphones as far as quality goes. Personally, as long as I don't notice any quality problem, comfort is more important to me. Logitech makes a couple of behind-the-ears headsets, which are easily the most comfortable style there is IMHO. That's why I mentioned it. If you're more of an audiofile than you're into comfort and gaming practicality (regular headphones are more cumbersome in intense gaming situations IMO), then I'd definitely say you should get some Sennheiser headphones.

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    Default Re: Sound Blaster Live or on board? also Headphone suggestions

    Oh something else to note about Sennheiser is that the bass reproductiion is not that wonderfull, if you like really low bass then I would not suggest MOST of Sennheiser's range of headphones.

    And Yawg My Sennheiser headphones are the most comfortable headphones I have owned. Though I do wear glasses and find that the behind the head/ear headphones are uncomfortable due to having glasses.
    Last edited by Amd_Lover2004; 03-11-2006 at 03:34 PM.
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    Default Re: Sound Blaster Live or on board? also Headphone suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by Amd_Lover2004
    And Yawg My Sennheiser headphones are the most comfortable headphones I have owned. Though I do wear glasses and find that the behing the head/ear headphones are uncomfortable do to having glasses.
    Uncomfortable? Heh, how could you wear them at all?

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    Default Re: Sound Blaster Live or on board? also Headphone suggestions

    Senns are among the best, but with a budget of $50 I believe the "lesser" brands would give more bang for the buck. Don't get me wrong, I have some HD-500s and I just picked up some HD-650s 3 months ago, but I also paid ~140 and $300 respectively.

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    Default Re: Sound Blaster Live or on board? also Headphone suggestions

    Here are some headphones under $50 US, take a look and see what you like.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ory=70&Ntk=all

    IMO the HD457's are a pretty good set for $25
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    Default Re: Sound Blaster Live or on board? also Headphone suggestions

    I have a tip for DFI owners. Recently, I had to remove my Audigy 2 ZS due to the routing of my waterlines. After initially going to the onboard Karjan audio, I was almost disgusted at the sound quality. Then I used the coaxial spdif to connect to my speakers. HUGE difference. I would call it nearly identical to the sound from the Audigy. If you must use onboard, try using the digital out if you can. Made all the difference to me.
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