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Better Soundcard = LOUDER ?


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#1 Lucidolph

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Posted 08 October 2008 - 09:39 PM

Everywhere I go people say the soundcard doesn't effect your loudness...

Please tell me then.

I had PC 1 with soundcard, and HEADPHONES and maxed out PC volume.
T'was LOUD!

I then had PC 2 with ONBOARD soundcard and the SAME HEADPHONES and maxed out PC volume
T'was not LOUD!

(There is not just a slight difference either, it's HUGE!)

Also, I has Vista now as opposed to XP ...


Please Resolve perhaps =P

P.S. Don't reply with, 'Downgrade to XP' etc, I know Vista sux =D

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#2 Lucidolph

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Posted 08 October 2008 - 09:43 PM

OH! Also, I believe my new SoundCard is HDsound =/

And finally my HEADPHONES are here,

http://www.ciao.co.uk/Reviews/Unitone_HD_3...phones__6402949

^_^ Peace

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Posted 09 October 2008 - 03:57 AM

The output level can vary between systems, but not usually to a huge degree, or it would cause compatibility problems.

However, most recent sound "cards" (whether onboard or plug in card) provide a line level output which is designed to operate the light load of an amplified speaker system. If you plug headphones directly into them, they can't drive the phones very loud.

A few systems have a soundcard with an amplified output, designed to drive headphones or modest speakers directly. These will run headphones at a loud level - maybe your PC 1 had this type of sound output.

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Posted 09 October 2008 - 09:53 AM

You will be amazed at the difference a reasonable set of speakers make
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#5 Lucidolph

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Posted 10 October 2008 - 02:57 PM

The output level can vary between systems, but not usually to a huge degree, or it would cause compatibility problems.

However, most recent sound "cards" (whether onboard or plug in card) provide a line level output which is designed to operate the light load of an amplified speaker system. If you plug headphones directly into them, they can't drive the phones very loud.

A few systems have a soundcard with an amplified output, designed to drive headphones or modest speakers directly. These will run headphones at a loud level - maybe your PC 1 had this type of sound output.


Hmm... Would you know where to look ??? =)

I can see (at the back) the usual RED/GREEN/BLUE =/

Thanks =)

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 03:18 PM

I can't find anything on the net that'd suggest where I might find a separte HEADPHONE port on my PC... =/
Anyone?

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 03:49 PM

Headphones sometimes plug into whatever CD/DVD drive a system has.

I just did a quick scan of my drives (I have 5 of them lying around) and the older ones have the headphone jack in the front, while the newer ones don't. That's probably a reflection of the fact that my older ones are CD-burners, while the newer ones are DVD-burners.

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 05:29 PM

Not many systems would have two outputs, one dedicated to line-out, another specially for headphone.

Usually the single output is either automatically capable of driving headphones/small speakers, and this also serves as line out, or you can select the operating mode in the soundcard Properties. There may be a taskbar applet to run, or on my laptop here if I right-click on the taskbar volume icon and select Adjust Audio Properties, the Speaker Settings section offers several output configurations including Stereo Headphones.

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 09:02 PM

On Vista, I only have the one option... Stereo Speakers =(((

Or do i? =/




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