I have a 2.1 setup with my Logitech Z 2300 speakers presently and I'm using the on-board ALC887 High Definition Audio 8 -Channel from my Asus M4A78EM/1394 mobo. I was wondering if buying the Asus Xonar DX 7.1 sound card would improve the sound quality (mainly for music) or is the Realtek ALC887 good enough and spending near about $90 on the Xonar DX be a wastage in this case?
I'm not much aware of sound cards so any help is very much appreciated.
As long as you believe a difference. I would put down $1,000 that you can't ABX the difference though, hah. Better speakers will always beat a marginally better source, provided neither is suffering from poor outside factors (EMI, ungrounded loop source) by about a 9 to 1 margin. Although some audio enthusiasts will tell you the ratio is even greater than that.
I have Creative 2.1 speakers which sounded great with my previous onboard Realtek AC97 video card. My previous motherboard sounded even better, but I cannot remember the onboard audio card.
I recently upgraded my system (i5) and have a P8h61-MLE Rev 3 board with the same on-board ALC887 High Definition Audio. I have found the sound quality to have dropped much more than it dropped between my first two boards... I am in the same position and I am looking for a decent audio card.
I have looked at driver and BIOS updates, but I am running the latest releases.
I have also changed the settings in the audio control pannel, but nothing works.