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    Default Audio card recommendation for Promedia 2.1

    First, will it make a very noticeable difference ? My on-board audio is Realtek ALC888 , just updated the drivers. Im sure an audio card would improve sound, but would it be enuff to justify the purchase?

    Second, if this is a good route to go, what card under $100 would do the job?

    I just got these Klipsch Promedia 2.1 to replace my garbage Philips 2.1 and i know the quality of this setup. Would a dedicated audio card make an improvement? Idea's?
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    Default Re: Audio card recommendation for Promedia 2.1

    Asus Xonar cards look to be excellent.
    Check them out at Newegg - Asus Xonar under $100. Currently $69 each after MIR.

    I've been very happy with my on-board ALC888 & 889 with my z5500 speakers.
    I'm very tempted to try either of these cards once their in stock.
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    Yea i must say the on-board ALC888 sounds great. All i have read so far is stay away from creative labs... Asus i would trust myself, been using there notebooks for some time now.

    For your Z-5500's, if i had those bad boys, i would not feel comfortable feeding a near $400 set of sounds with the stock audio chip and myself would get a sound card on something like that.

    It was between the Promedia 2.1 and Logitech Z-2300's for me. Some friends have the Klipsch and that really helped me decide, aside from forums recommending Klipsch as well, but Cnet did give the better rating to Logitech. All my mice, keyboards,mic's , etc have always been Logitech and i would not have had a problem with those.
    I mean, how much better

    I love the hugeness of these satellites. The box these things came in was bigger than my bro's X-540's. Pretty funny. Otherwise, i love how these guys sound.

    Thanks Jim. If i can get my hands on a card to try out and see how much of an improvement it makes, i'd buy one if my ears told me to.
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    Default Re: Audio card recommendation for Promedia 2.1

    Let us know which way you go.
    I use my speakers solely for music, not gaming. The overall fidelity with my Logitech/Realtek setup is superb. Probably be a bit better with a $100 sound card. I'll probably try a sound card shortly. I think the Xonar rebates are good till the end of November.
    Seems like a $69 gamble (after MIR) is a pretty good deal.
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    Default Re: Audio card recommendation for Promedia 2.1

    what do you all think of the Omega Stryker -
    Newegg.com - HT &#124; OMEGA STRIKER 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Sound Cards
    ALL good reviews... Whats your take ProfJim ?
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    Default Re: Audio card recommendation for Promedia 2.1

    Please don't confuse me with being an audio expert.
    I've read some excellent reviews on the Xonar cards, but the "best" audio card I've ever had was an SB-Live 24-bit setup years ago.
    The Striker looks like a good card, but I'd want to check out its reviews from reputable websites. The audio chipset looks like it's 1 step down from the Xonar setup, and I don't know what differences there would be in music quality or gaming effects.

    I might very well end up with the Striker card, as I'm still running w2k pro (sp4) and this rules out buying either of the Xonar cards. In the meantime, I'm going to dig out a 5.1 card hiding somewhere in my spare parts box, download the latest drivers and see how an older card compares with my on-board audio.

    Newegg does have a 7.1 card for $10.99 (without free shipping) but I'm going to pass on going the cheapie route.
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    Default Re: Audio card recommendation for Promedia 2.1

    what software do you use to play music files? as this can make a huge difference too,personally i cant rate jetaudio player highly enough much better than windows media player and winamp
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    I use Windows media player. Found a REAL good deal on a Xonar DX. I mite get it anyway and not care if it makes a difference since its so cheap. Wow doing it ol' school Windows 2000 huh Jim.
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    Default Re: Audio card recommendation for Promedia 2.1

    have you looked at the xonar ds? that looks good too lets you connect digital speakers with optical cable without seperate decoder too
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    Well my speakers are just a regular green plug in. How would i go about making the signal digital- if it makes a difference. Looked up the DS, out of stock almost everywhere.
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