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Old April 25, 2011, 05:25 PM
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...Noticeable difference in sound quality?

I'm thinking about Newegg.ca - Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

Right now I'm using on-board sound, and my speakers are Logitech Z523.
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Old April 25, 2011, 05:28 PM
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not sure about that one, but a solid speaker setup will have you notice the difference,yes
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Old April 25, 2011, 06:08 PM
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If you are looking for a budget headphone card I would much rather go w/ the Asus Xonar DG. It is sub $15 on Directcanada.com. That Creative card is freakishly old. ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channel PCI Sound Card 24BIT Dolby Digital DTS 105DB SNR W/ Headphone AMP - DirectCanada

EDIT: Even better would be the Xonar DS. It is still under $40 after rebate.
ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channel PCI Sound Card 24BIT DTS SPDIF W/ Low Profile Bracket - DirectCanada
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Old April 25, 2011, 07:00 PM
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Yes, it will make a difference but it depends on what card you buy. That audigy won't sound good unless you get modded drivers for it. But, cards from Asus Xonars, HT Omega, and higher end Creative cards will sound good right out of the box, provided that you have a good speaker system or headphones.
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+1 for the Asus Xonar series. Came from a Creative Xtrememusic to an Asus Xonar Xense. Much better driver support for Windows 7.
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Old April 29, 2011, 10:07 AM
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Yes !!! a higher quality sound card will make a huge difference in sound quality. but i do suggest speakers... pc speakers aren't generally built for good quality sound and easily distort with any sort of real power going to them
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sure.it will make a big difference.go for the second option suggested by member -lowfat.
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Depends, only a good sound card will be noticeable if you pair it up with quality headphones/speakers
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I have an HT Omega Claro Plus and the difference in sound was apparent immediately. I also have a very nice sounding speaker setup which will go a long way in allowing you to hear the difference.
I played back some Flac files, lossless compression, I have of various Jazz artists and the difference was major. The bass tightened up, highs were more extended & cleaner and the midrange was clearer. All this of course compared to the "High Definition" onboard I was using before.

A quality sound card can make a huge difference but the speakers have to be up to the task.
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