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Audio Upgrade from Onboard to Separate Card?


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#1 ebrid001

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 02:51 PM

Hello:

Someone I know has a motherboard with on board Realtec 97(?) audio.

Would the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy SE sound card be almost no improvement,some improvement,or a lot of improvement?

She has the plain vanilla Logitech 2.1 speakers. I do not know the model number.

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 03:36 PM

The onboard nowadays is fairly decent. I would invest in better speakers. Unless you wanted to go with surround sound. Then you would need both a soundcard and speakers
I have a set of Creative and Logitech, both 2.1 that will rattle the walls and crisp and clear to boot
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Posted 24 November 2008 - 08:12 PM

My onboard sound was, Realtek ALC882 High Definition, which I thought sounded pretty good.
Wanted to try something else, so I installed an Asus Xonar D1.
WOW, what a difference.
I heard stuff in my music, that I've never heard before.
The upgrade was definately worth it.
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Posted 24 November 2008 - 09:07 PM

Now you got me wondering tg1911
Well...there's always Christmas....then I'd need new speakers...
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Posted 25 November 2008 - 09:14 PM

Thank you both.

I'm going to Tiger Direct now to order her one.

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 02:05 PM

Hey guys, I use a Diamond XS 7.1 line-in to Insignia Amp thru HT surround sound setup, You'll never buy computer speakers again i assure you.
Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit/Intel e5300 cpu/ASRock G41M-LE mainboard/G max4500 onboard graphics/4gigs OCZ 800Mhz ram/ VIA onboard HD Vinyl audio/Yamaha RX-V465 HT receiver/ Cambridge SoundWorks and Infinity RS1001 speakers

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Posted 28 November 2008 - 10:50 AM

Audio A1:

Hello,

Please tell me more.

If I wanted to feed either an external hard drive or a Lite On disk player to a digital audio converter,and feed the digital audio converter "out" to a preamplifier,what intermediate hardware would I need between the hard drive and the dac?

This would be for two channel stereo.
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Edited by ebrid001, 28 November 2008 - 10:55 AM.


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Posted 29 November 2008 - 07:44 AM

As the guys stated, for surround sound you need a sound card. I use both Creative and Diamond 24 bit cards. Auszentech makes a nice card as well,Cheers!
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