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do you still use a sound card?

#31_GRIM_FANDANGO_Posted 2/19/2014 8:52:46 AM
Lonestar2000 posted...
_GRIM_FANDANGO_ posted...
yeah, just cos I have one lying around. Not sure if it will still be worth using for my next motherboard, since on board sound is getting better all the time. But for now it still is.

Sound cards will always be better than onboard sound except for the really high end boards.


Not sure. I have a low end sound card, I am likely to buy a high end motherboard. At some point I expect onboard to catch up to the sound card I have. Additionally, as a general trend onboard sound has improved over the years, and not only in the high-end segment.
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#32UberLurkerPosted 2/19/2014 9:58:43 AM
Sure do, I have sound cards in two of my three PCs... maybe I'm just old fashioned since I've had a sound card in every one of my PCs since the Game Blaster/Adlib days.

Gaming PC has a Xonar DG... sounds objectively better than the onboard with my headphones.

Backup PC has an X-Fi Titanium... this was from back when I wanted 5.1 sound but had an old A/V receiver with only optical inputs (and I didn't want to mess with a rats nest of analog connects), hence the DDL encoding feature was perfect.

My HTPC doesn't use a soundcard and instead just uses the digital out via HDMI on the GPU, the A/V receiver downstream does a fine job at DAC duty.
#33PraetorXynPosted 2/19/2014 10:15:37 AM
Shub posted...
Yep - X-Fi Titanium HD.


This is really the only sound card even worth considering if you want good sound.

Good sound means an external DAC/AMP, but you won't get positional audio that way. This card lets you pass along CMSS 3D without molesting the audio quality if you use S/PDIF.
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#34YOeastonYOPosted 2/19/2014 10:27:09 AM
Sound blaster recon
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#35Games_AnalystPosted 2/19/2014 10:30:09 AM
If you own a surround sound set, audio cards can really enhance the experience and IMO I'd get one. You don't need (IMO) something overly expensive unless you're a real audiophile but even then I often consider it a waste.

Headphones I say just connect to the mobo ports. Most motherboards these days have decent enough sound drives and surround sound headsets are not true surround sound. I guess if you do audio recording, etc. then it may be worthwhile with a nice seinheiser set, but meh.

For gaming, shove the headset into the motherboard. Save yourself the cash.
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#36r0ge00Posted 2/19/2014 10:30:39 AM
PraetorXyn posted...
Shub posted...
Yep - X-Fi Titanium HD.

This is really the only sound card even worth considering if you want good sound.


Lol, no. There are a ton of others out there too depending on what surround processing you want. The Titanium HD uses THX TruStudio. If you want CMSS-3D, you can pass it along through a regular X-Fi Titanium.
#37mithoschapterPosted 2/19/2014 10:36:22 AM
WerdnAndreW posted...
Xonar DG for Dolby Headphone

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#38reincarnator07Posted 2/19/2014 12:31:37 PM
Yep. Currently using a Line 6 UX1. I'm hoping to upgrade it at some point this year.
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#39ClouddxPosted 2/19/2014 1:01:44 PM
FiiO E9+e17, gave up on using my Xonar DG for Dolby Headphone as it didn't help much.
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#40PsythikPosted 2/19/2014 1:34:37 PM
I used a ASUS Xonar DX for the longest time. My old motherboard sound was so noisy I could hear every time the CPU was doing something. So a sound card was essential.

My current build doesn't have any room for a sound card; thankfully this mobo's sound isn't nearly as bad. I really miss Dolby Headphone, though, but Headphone Virtualization is almost as good at creating a 7.1 field in my head.
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