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drshew November 1, 2013 06:56 PM

worth buying a sound card?
Should i buy a sound card or just use on board audio?

WolfBane November 1, 2013 07:54 PM

well I used onboard audio on my asrock z68 and I could barley hear my headphones !
So I installe my Auzen Explosion sound card and wow what a diff that made :)

Dzzope November 1, 2013 07:57 PM

Totally depends on your speakers / headset

If you have sub $100 headset (even then cost is no guarantee that they are good quality) then no, use on-board (depends on the board too)

drshew November 2, 2013 08:41 AM

Okay thanks

biff November 23, 2013 12:37 AM

On board sound (i guess depending on mobo) isn't all that bad so far as I've seen. However the limitations are there. If you have a premium setup then yeah you will hear the difference.... if not than the difference will be hard to notice.

littlefto November 27, 2013 09:21 AM

I have been using dedicated sound cards in all my PCs since the early 2000's. Every time I build a new computer I would give the onboard a try because reviews and sources claim that modern onboard sound is much improved etc etc, but I always end up going back to my dedicated sound cards. My current Auzentech Xplosion is quite a few years old but it sounds miles ahead of all my onboard ones.

I do however like the onboard sound of my Macbook Pro 15 Retina.

Slik November 27, 2013 09:35 AM

I say get a decent sound card with analog connections. Even crap speakers sound better.

draemn November 27, 2013 10:18 AM

I buy high(er) end motherboards with good onboard sound and I am very impressed with the quality. The only reason I bought a sound card was for my Sennheiser HD650 as they won't run properly off onboard audio. I have the "premium" zonar essence STX or whatever (about $200) and I wouldn't say there is a huge leap. Don't forget that everyone has "different ears" and some people are much more sensitive than others and will hear the benefit.

Shadowmeph November 27, 2013 11:48 AM

I haven't used a sound card in awhile now mind you I do use head phones . I remember back in the 1990s I had a few people over and had allot of music on my PC which had 2.1 speekers as the night got on and the drinking got heavy the music got louder and with this the music also started to slowdown becasue of the draw I guess , I did fix the problem by plugging my PC into my 700watt amp and then just turned the music down to say 1/4 on the PC and cranked it up on my amp and my house system never had a problem after that. I don't think that this would be the same problem now days

bliz November 27, 2013 12:07 PM

Oh yeah, for my senns HD 598 (around 200 dollars) there is a lot of difference compared to onboard. i have a phoebus now.

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