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Old January 6, 2012, 06:33 PM
Ardric Ardric is offline
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Originally Posted by b1ack1otus View Post
well I have a logitech 2.1 speakers, and that't not really the high end speakers. More like the low end if you ask me, but I think that with the dedicated cards, its more crisp?
If you can't hear anything particularly wrong with the onboard setup you have now, then keep it. It's good enough for most purposes.

These guys have good software for testing PC sound hardware: http://audio.rightmark.org
You could try testing your onboard with a loopback cable (line out to line in), then if you end up purchasing another card you could do the same and compare results to see how much benefit you REALLY got. Personally, I think most of the claims of X card sounding waaay better than the onboard are either instances where the onboard was seriously broken, or they're bullshit justifications after the fact for blowing the money on something they never needed.

Windows 7 and Vista don't care what fancy hardware your card has; all they use is the DAC's and mixer. So there's no longer a gaming advantage with a sound card either. That's why they're pushing audiophile sound quality in the marketing these days; it's the only (potential) reason left to buy one.

I use an external firewire mixer as my own "sound card" for recording audio projects (home studio, I play bass), but when I'm just surfing/gaming I use headphones on an external receiver/amp from the onboard sound (X58A-UD7), and I have no problem with it. I wouldn't ask the onboard to drive headphones directly. But drive self-amplified Logitech speakers? Sure, it's fine for that.
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