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Windows 7: Are sound cards worth it?

14 Jul 2010   #21
Aphelion

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Long running debate (21 pages and over 500 posts so far) on this subject here,

Onboard Sound Vs. Add in Sound Card - Guru3D.com Forums
That whole thread would be moot if they listened to a 24-bit well mastered wave file using my RME PCI card vs. the built in Realtek audio. Even those with considerable hearing loss would notice the difference.

That said, I'm speaking only of the analog outputs.

Digital output would be closer but due to the inferior digital clock of the Realtek (jitter & poor filtering) a decent audio card will still fare better.

Ap


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14 Jul 2010   #22
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Aphelion View Post
That whole thread would be moot if they listened to a 24-bit well mastered wave file using my RME PCI card vs. the built in Realtek audio. Even those with considerable hearing loss would notice the difference.
Yeah.... that's like me saying the whole gaming section would be moot if people read my tips on troubleshooting game issues

At any rate as stormy said, and you quoted....

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Long running debate (21 pages and over 500 posts so far) on this subject here,

Onboard Sound Vs. Add in Sound Card - Guru3D.com Forums
No need in reinventing the wheel
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14 Jul 2010   #23
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I have the X-Fi extreme gamer currently.

Im not a major audiophile , and do not have high quality speakers. They are lower end 5.1 PC speakers, average at best.
Still, something like a core 5.1 soundtrack from a movie at 640kbps VS 448kbps I can barely tell the difference.
Its also hard for me to tell much difference between a good ripped 320kps MP3 and a FLAC version. (Although the FLAC does sound slightly better.
But I understand the speakers are likely the culprit here.


None-the-less, even with MP3s I can tell a difference between onboard and and my Xtreme gamer.

The sound card sounds much clearer & cleaner to me. Also, things such as THX software to adjust distance and angle of speakers works quite well too and helps a lot.

IMHO, the soundcard does make a significant difference. Although as already pointed out, you may not realize the full benefit of it if you do not have high end speakers (like me ) but it will help.

i would say if you use speakers built in to the monotior or something like a cheaper set of 2.0 ones however, you may not notice any improvement at all.
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14 Jul 2010   #24
reasoner

Win7 64
 
 

get a Delta 2496 - this is a pro card at consumer prices

reasoner
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14 Jul 2010   #25
Aphelion

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by reasoner View Post
get a Delta 2496 - this is a pro card at consumer prices

reasoner

Good little basic stereo card! Low noise, excellent sound.

Ap
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14 Jul 2010   #26
Aphelion

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Aphelion View Post
That whole thread would be moot if they listened to a 24-bit well mastered wave file using my RME PCI card vs. the built in Realtek audio. Even those with considerable hearing loss would notice the difference.
Yeah.... that's like me saying the whole gaming section would be moot if people read my tips on troubleshooting game issues

Ha! Like anyone is going to listen to someone over 40 much less 55 anyway, what was I thinkin'.

Ap
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14 Jul 2010   #27
smarteyeball

 
 

Motherboard + digital out to 5.1 HTIB = stereo out for games/music

Dedicated SC + dgital out to HTIB = 5.1 in games / software option to output stereo to four/five speakers for 2 ch sound sources. X-Fi Crystalizer also improves sound on low BR sources and low quality speakers.

Dedicated SC + Decent set of cans = Still better than on-board.


Easy argument for my needs.
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17 Jul 2010   #28
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

I get it now. A quality sound card with quality speakers will improve the sound. Some times I'm just slow.
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17 Jul 2010   #29
grimreaper

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

I use the X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro 7.1 sound card, and I can tell you without a doubt, what a comparable difference (my setup is a PC home theater using some high end components) so that will add to the quality obviously.
I'm an audio freak, love my trance, and hip-hop, the bass is tight and clean...no hiss, no crackling, nothing.
So yes, sound cards, are definitely worth it!
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17 Jul 2010   #30
hawkin90

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I replaced some suckish card I don't remember the name of with my creative soundblaster x-fi titanium pro and well, to say it the least, the difference was huge. I play with headset in games and just in games like oblivion and fallout3 the sound quality was much much better. So yes, sound cards are worth it!
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