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Sound Card Worth It?

#11ClouddxPosted 8/28/2014 6:20:51 PM
Andrius posted...
Ok, if the consensus is that a sound card is noticeably better and I've got the speakers to tell the difference and optical is the way to go, what card would people recommend?


How much are you wiling to spend?
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#12Knighted DragonPosted 8/28/2014 6:23:48 PM
Sound cards are a complete waste of money, unless you have EXTREMELY expensive headphones, don't bother. Like, unless you are dropping 500+ dollars on your headphones there's no gain to a sound card, any gain people think they notice is just placebo.

Still, most sound cards are cheap, so if you have money you want to throw out the window, buy one and see if you can make yourself hear a difference
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#13Andrius(Topic Creator)Posted 8/28/2014 6:24:15 PM
I'd love to spend as little as possible (who wouldn't?) I don't honestly know what budget is reasonable for the job though. I look on newegg and there's cards for $30 and there's cards for $200 and I have no idea what would be reasonable for my needs.
#14darklink1017Posted 8/28/2014 6:29:16 PM
Andrius posted...
I'd love to spend as little as possible (who wouldn't?) I don't honestly know what budget is reasonable for the job though. I look on newegg and there's cards for $30 and there's cards for $200 and I have no idea what would be reasonable for my needs.


Get a Sound Blaster Z. There's hardware acceleration, DTS Connect, DDL Live, and decent driver support now. They go for around $80 a pop.

Try it out, and if you don't notice a difference return it and post about it here. Everyone's ears are different. I notice minute differences really easily.
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#15ClouddxPosted 8/28/2014 6:32:13 PM(edited)
Andrius posted...
I'd love to spend as little as possible (who wouldn't?) I don't honestly know what budget is reasonable for the job though. I look on newegg and there's cards for $30 and there's cards for $200 and I have no idea what would be reasonable for my needs.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132013&cm_re=xOnar-_-29-132-013-_-Product

This will provide you with Dolby DTS 5.1 sound thru optical, it's relatively cheap and it works extremely well. Definitely worth the price.

Knighted Dragon posted...
Sound cards are a complete waste of money, unless you have EXTREMELY expensive headphones, don't bother. Like, unless you are dropping 500+ dollars on your headphones there's no gain to a sound card, any gain people think they notice is just placebo.

Still, most sound cards are cheap, so if you have money you want to throw out the window, buy one and see if you can make yourself hear a difference


100% false, I didn't spend $500 on my headphones and I notice a world of different going from onboard sound to my DAC/AMP.

darklink1017 posted...
Andrius posted...
I'd love to spend as little as possible (who wouldn't?) I don't honestly know what budget is reasonable for the job though. I look on newegg and there's cards for $30 and there's cards for $200 and I have no idea what would be reasonable for my needs.


Get a Sound Blaster Z. There's hardware acceleration, DTS Connect, DDL Live, and decent driver support now. They go for around $80 a pop.

Try it out, and if you don't notice a difference return it and post about it here. Everyone's ears are different. I notice minute differences really easily.


If you do get the Sound Blaster Z make sure it's this one(www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102048&cm_re=Sound_Blaster_Z-_-29-102-048-_-Product) as the ~$60 one doesn't have Dolby sound.
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#16darklink1017Posted 8/28/2014 6:30:16 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102066&cm_re=sound_blaster_z-_-29-102-066-_-Product

They're going for $60 refurbed, I'd jump on it to be honest.
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#17SythisTaruPosted 8/28/2014 6:32:08 PM
Clouddx posted...
Andrius posted...
I'd love to spend as little as possible (who wouldn't?) I don't honestly know what budget is reasonable for the job though. I look on newegg and there's cards for $30 and there's cards for $200 and I have no idea what would be reasonable for my needs.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132013&cm_re=xOnar-_-29-132-013-_-Product

This will provide you with Dolby DTS 5.1 sound thru optical, it's relatively cheap and it works extremely well. Definitely worth the price.

Knighted Dragon posted...
Sound cards are a complete waste of money, unless you have EXTREMELY expensive headphones, don't bother. Like, unless you are dropping 500+ dollars on your headphones there's no gain to a sound card, any gain people think they notice is just placebo.

Still, most sound cards are cheap, so if you have money you want to throw out the window, buy one and see if you can make yourself hear a difference


100% false, I didn't spend $500 on my headphones and I notice a world of different going from onboard sound to my DAC/AMP.


I notice a difference too, but I find I get better sound quality from my USB DAC, which is all I use now. I was getting electrical static/noise when using my sound card, I think it's something from the power-supply (Corsair).
#18ClouddxPosted 8/28/2014 6:34:03 PM
SythisTaru posted...
I notice a difference too, but I find I get better sound quality from my USB DAC, which is all I use now. I was getting electrical static/noise when using my sound card, I think it's something from the power-supply (Corsair).


As you can see in my sig I have a FiiO E9+E17. It's a beautiful combo especially for my Q701s and my M50s.

It makes both of them sound great; even tho the M50s don't need an AMP because they are low powered it still does a great job of making the sound much better.
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#19Andrius(Topic Creator)Posted 8/28/2014 6:34:17 PM
Will a cheap $27 Asus like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132020 work as well as a pricier thing like the Sound Blaster Z? Curious if they're all about the same or if more money really makes a difference.
#20ClouddxPosted 8/28/2014 6:35:21 PM
darklink1017 posted...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102066&cm_re=sound_blaster_z-_-29-102-066-_-Product

They're going for $60 refurbed, I'd jump on it to be honest.


Oops, if that's the same one I was looking at it I misread, it does have Dolby sound. It's a great price, but I'd rather get the Xonar card new for $60.
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