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Do I Need A Sound Card

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by jman20nnsss, May 12, 2012.

  1. jman20nnsss New Member

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    hi guys,im using the t40 gigaworks series ii 2.0 speakers and i was wondering if i got a sound card(creative recon 3d), would it make a difference for gaming,music,movie etc
     
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    if you are not so serious bout sound, onboard soundcard would be fine
    except you need like THX, dolby with outstanding sound quality
     
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    No. For a setup with 2.0 "multimedia" speakers you won't feel a difference.
     
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    What they said.
     
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    Wrong. 2.0 and 2.1 speakers are where good soundcard actually shows its power. Especially in 3D games where you need to simulate 3D sound positioning on just 2 speakers.
     
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    It wont make a difference with those speakers.

    Wrong. It's only good if we are talking about amplified stereo or hometheatre grade speakers. Not cheap budget plastic Creative junk boxes.
     
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    Ok,thx guys for the advice!
     
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    I don't know, maybe I am biased, but I feel like if a person is spending a lot of money on graphics-enhancing products, it would be a shame to be stuck with "meh" sound quality. I do a lot of sound editing, uncompressed audio mostly, and I would consider myself an audiophile so I am prone to getting the best sound equipment I can.
    As an analogy... Would you go out and get a top-of-the-line 4K resolution Projector, a 180" 2.33:1 screen, custom made theater-style recliners, a high-end Blu-Ray Player, and hook it all up to a $50 75W/ch stereo receiver with 2 $50 speakers?
    Or would you grab a Denon/Onkyo 9.4ch Receiver with a McIntosh Amplifier, a line power conditioner, and a full 9-speaker Definitive Technology Mythos II surround sound setup with 4 Subwoofers?

    I realize it may not be the best analogy, but I would suggest going with a decent sound card that supports multi-Channel surround sound, Dolby/DTS, and has a better SNR than onboard sound. You can get one for under $50 and it will make a difference, whether you have Creative Gigaworks speakers or Klipsch Studio Monitors...
     
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    It's the perfect analogy.
     
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    for gaming onboard is fine IMO... for music it's another story
     
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    Try with onboard sound. If you don't like it, get a sound card. Sometimes onboard sound can be fine, other times it may not be loud enough, have issues (popping, etc.) and whatnot. Need is a very subjective term.
     
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    Not really. Slightly better FPS but that's about it.

    I think cards really become necessary where you need surround sound processing. Stereo/2.1 doesn't benefit much/at all from audio cards except in the volume/SNR department.
     
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    If you need that extra umph for your 2.0 speaker set, my HT Claro Plus will give you quality sound. It has a Front OPAMP which means that if you plug in your analog cable into the front channel it will be noticeably superior than that onboard sound of yours.

    Here --> http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=163326
     
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    I find a slight difference in the way songs sound with an ASUS Xonar DG and the integrated Realtek chip that the ASUS Maximus V Gene has. It's more noticable on headphones than it is on my stereo speakers (M-Audio AV 40s); basically music sounds more narrow to me, less open I guess I want to say.

    Edit: I should add that I mostly listen to normal music and stuff so I leave the sound output at 44.1kHz / 16 bit on the audio output options. Mostly the reason why I went with the cheap Xonar DG instead of a 7.1 sound card; the Xonar DG uses the Oxygen HD chip that some other expensive cards also carry.
     

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