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Windows 7: Are sound cards worth it?

27 Jul 2010   #51
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I am currently using the onboard Realtek on my Asus P5Q Pro since my Audigy 2 ZS stopped working a couple of weeks ago.
I am using a pair of Alesis M1 Active MK2 speakers which are slightly expensive, $300/pr and I can't tell a difference bewteen the onboard and the Audigy. Music, games, movies sound excellent with either onboard or the Audigy.


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27 Jul 2010   #52
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AaronDude View Post
I gotta say I think the cheap no name generic brands(merkury innovations, meelectronics) sound better then those 100 dollar audio technica headphones I got or even the creative aurvana earbuds.
What model of audio Technia? Personally I find my AD900 has a great soundstage that craps all over the yum-cha headphones I have lying around here.

It's almost a crime to my ears when I unplug and switch to my 5.1 HTIB speakers
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27 Jul 2010   #53
AaronDude

Windows 7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AaronDude View Post
I gotta say I think the cheap no name generic brands(merkury innovations, meelectronics) sound better then those 100 dollar audio technica headphones I got or even the creative aurvana earbuds.
What model of audio Technia? Personally I find my AD900 has a great soundstage that craps all over the yum-cha headphones I have lying around here.

It's almost a crime to my ears when I unplug and switch to my 5.1 HTIB speakers
I use a pair of ANC7 which are of course over the ear and ckm50 earbuds. I mean they don't sound bad but they don't knock my socks off either. I guess they're well balanced and I was just expecting something magical out of them. I tend to either like a lot of mids, highs, or lows, but only one of them. They're just too balanced for my taste.
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27 Jul 2010   #54
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AaronDude View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AaronDude View Post
I gotta say I think the cheap no name generic brands(merkury innovations, meelectronics) sound better then those 100 dollar audio technica headphones I got or even the creative aurvana earbuds.
What model of audio Technia? Personally I find my AD900 has a great soundstage that craps all over the yum-cha headphones I have lying around here.

It's almost a crime to my ears when I unplug and switch to my 5.1 HTIB speakers
I use a pair of ANC7 which are of course over the ear and ckm50 earbuds. I mean they don't sound bad but they don't knock my socks off either. I guess they're well balanced and I was just expecting something magical out of them. I tend to either like a lot of mids, highs, or lows, but only one of them. They're just too balanced for my taste.
Those are the noise-canceling ones, right? NC 'phones never sound as good as the regular ones, except in those places where you really do need the NC.
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