I have a SB live 24 bit sound card in my comp. When I'm on voice chat with yahoo (or xfire or teamspeak) I notice that the quality is somewhat lacking, specially on yahoo. it usually makes me (and whomever I'm talking to) sound like a chipmunk, really high pitched voice). Now, a sound card is supposed to run the sound for the entire computer right? Does that include USB? I use a usb headset w/mic and it sounds like crap. I tend to stay away from the ones that plug directly into the card itself because a ruined sound card due to static electricity (shocked the volume control and ruined the card). Not to mention that it's a pain to reach in the back and unplug the headset/mic from the sound card when I want to listen to music with regular speakers ( I have 4.1 surround speakers, so I have to unplug them to plug in the headset/mic and vice versa). Oh, and I don't have my CD drive hooked up directly to my sound card...that shouldn't make a difference though as I never listen to a music cd on my comp, all the music is on my hdd.
All of my drivers are up to date. I have cable internet. Any suggestions on what I can do to help improve the sound quality? I'll list my puter specs below so you know it's not my comp lagging.
celeron 2.93ghz w/533mhz fsb
200gb western digital hdd 7200 rpm 8mb cache
sb live 24 bit sound card
radeon 9500 pro vga card w/aftermarket cooling fan (hurricane/pci exhaust type)
400w psu w/dual fans
120mm fan rear exhaust/80mm fan side exhaust
cdrw drive/dvdrw drive
and a partirdge in a pear tree
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