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Old January 12, 2009, 05:56 AM
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The xtreme gamer is a really nice card and probably the best bang for your buck as said above. Sound quality isnt comparable to on board at all it's a whole other league. I have logitech z5500 paired with the xtreme gamer and the sound is absolutely fantastic. A great purchase no doubt about it.
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Old January 12, 2009, 06:48 AM
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I bought an x-fi extreme music when the x-fi's first came out, no complaints from me. Onboard audio sounds dull and lifeless, there really is no comparison between the two.
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Old January 14, 2009, 02:55 PM
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if you have a reciever or using optical out, then a sound card isn't that useful.
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Old January 14, 2009, 03:10 PM
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I know many who use a high quality soundcard with a receiver. The new modern soundcards will in most cases have better DAC's then many mid-High end receivers. Using a digital connection from say a Prelude, or high end Xonar to a receiver will in many cases give you lower sound quality then the same set-up using analog connection.
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I was wondering if it would be worth buying an audio card for my setup. My sound is routed to my monitor (through a stereo cable) which is really a 32 inch samsung hdtv. Are the speakers on a hdtv good enough to warrant spending 100$ on a sound card?
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Old January 28, 2009, 09:30 AM
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I was wondering if it would be worth buying an audio card for my setup. My sound is routed to my monitor (through a stereo cable) which is really a 32 inch samsung hdtv. Are the speakers on a hdtv good enough to warrant spending 100$ on a sound card?
No. Built in speakers are generally crap. Better to spend that $100 on some decent speakers.
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Old January 29, 2009, 07:59 PM
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No. Built in speakers are generally crap. Better to spend that $100 on some decent speakers.
so i should get some speakers and hook them up to be my tv out for audio?
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so i should get some speakers and hook them up to be my tv out for audio?
Hook em up directly to your computer.
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Old January 29, 2009, 08:26 PM
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Hook em up directly to your computer.
Would there be no way of routing everything (both computer and tv audio) through one set of good speakers and preserving all audio quality? The reason i ask this is i'd like it to be centralized in one location since my room isn't that big to begin with.
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Would there be no way of routing everything (both computer and tv audio) through one set of good speakers and preserving all audio quality? The reason i ask this is i'd like it to be centralized in one location since my room isn't that big to begin with.
Most speakers allow you to plug it into the TV, but then you'll need HDMI or a special cable to get sound from your computer to your TV, then through the speakers.
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