Posted 28 December 2008 - 02:34 PM
A while back,I posted a thread asking if a sound card would be an improvement over on board audio. Thank you again for your kind responses.
I ordered a Creative Soundblaster "Audigy" sound card,gave it to someone for Christmas,and installed it her computer. It replaced the on board Realtec '97. The Audigy is Creative's entry level card. She had and still has Logitec's plain vanilla 2.1 speakers.
The difference is not night and day,but there is an improvement.
--Timbre. The overtone series are better so the instruments sound more realistic. I suspect that's because of the digital to audio converter chip on the Audigy card.
--Imaging. MUCH better,because the channel separation is better.
--Frequency extremes. The soprano seems cleaner,more accurate.
--Dynamic Range. This is the most significant change. The distances between very loud,loud,medium loud,medium soft,soft,and very soft are closer to real performance thatn was the previous board.
**Yes,it's well worth the money. But now,she'll want better speakers.:-)
Happy New Year.