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Windows 7: Improve Realtek HD Audio Sound Quality!


04 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 x86
 
 
Improve Realtek HD Audio Sound Quality!

Hello guys! In the other forum that I do participate, I found a tutorial about the Realtek HD Audio (RHDA) chipsets. Making the long history short, all RHDA have a paid driver for the Gigabyte mobos that makes then emulate a X-Fi sound card. Of curse, it is not a quality of a real X-Fi, but I could see a small change in the sound quality.

The original post:
Apr 24, 2009
Realtek (R2.22) / VIA HD Audio driver for X-Fi MB Software
Can't believe how stupid some people are.

X-Fi MB is much like a Winamp audio enhancement plug-in and provides better effects than Realtek. It does improve your sound experience.

However, this is not a hardware upgrade, does not improve RMAA tests and won't make the built-in DACs better.

Don't you believe me? Get a loopback cable, disable all effects, configure the mixer accordingly and do the tests yourself.

If you still cannot understand this, sorry for you. Some people are so easy to cheat.

Read reviews, learn and (maybe) some day you'll understand.

Finally, the X-Fi MB costs $30, way expensive for an audio plugin.

For $35 @ Newegg, you can buy an Audigy SE and enjoy incredibly better sound than a codec can provide.

EDIT, for a good laugh:

Mussels, Aussie Moderator @ TPU Forums:

"Yes its true it wont do any hardware changes or any big upgrades... but if you're changing the sound profile via EQ's and the equaliser, i'm sure the RMAA results would change somewhat."

OMG! LOL! Do you even know what RMAA is for?

Please read all the docs at http://audio.rightmark.org/download.shtml.

From RMAA manual: "For higher precision disable all equalizer, 3D effects and such."

From X-Fi RMMA guide by Creative: "Disable All Effects, including CMSS-3D, EAX, 24-bit Crystalizer, Graphic Equalizer, THX Setup."

From Audigy 2 ZS RMAA guide by Creative: "Disable All Effects, including CMSS-3D, EAX, Karaoke, Equalizer, THX Setup and Speaker Calibration."


Link to the first idea: Realtek R2.16 X-Fi mod driver - techPowerUp! Forums
I hope you alll enjoy this as I do

Cheers!


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04 Feb 2010   #2
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

The link doesn't works:

Please read all the docs at http://audio.rightmark.org/download.shtml.
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04 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 x86
 
 

Hmmm, sorry. I should have checked the links. :S
But the powerTechUp is working, and its there that you download all the drivers (the MegaUpload links in the end of Ketxxx's post.
I'm using 2.21 for a long time and never got any issues!

Cheers!
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04 Feb 2010   #4

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

I have the Realtek ALC 889A, and I never got the Realtek drivers. But even with the Windows default drivers, I find the sound to be very good, both through my stereo, and especially through my Grado headphones. So I have no interest in emulating a Creative sound card.
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04 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 x86
 
 

Well, it is your call.
But, my guess is that it is very worth the risk! ^^
And I rarely bother with the Realtek stuff, it helps me most of the times, by the way.

Cheers!
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04 Feb 2010   #6
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noob View Post
I have the Realtek ALC 889A, and I never got the Realtek drivers. But even with the Windows default drivers, I find the sound to be very good, both through my stereo, and especially through my Grado headphones. So I have no interest in emulating a Creative sound card.
I've got the latest Acer manufacturer Realtek HDA giving a good sound either, and, sometime i'm using my Altec Lansing Portable stereo speaker XT1-s and got one crack/pop or two along the five minutes...interresting reading those threads, just in case! But i don't think i will upgrade for the moment...the crack is not too heavy to be noticed.
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