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October 15, 2011 11:20:11 AM

Will the sound card have an effect when you have a very high-end speaker?

Will it have a better quality of sound?

Or would the high-end speaker alone will suffice.

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October 15, 2011 11:52:30 AM

with high end speakers you can more hear the imperfections and electrical interference from the onboard sound, even a £20 xonar dg will eliminate these problems, and provide far superior sound quality
October 15, 2011 3:52:07 PM

^+1 Yes a cheap quality soundcard such as an Asus DG has better sound quality then an onboard chip.
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October 15, 2011 4:02:30 PM

Onboard sound is, and have always been crap.
October 15, 2011 5:31:27 PM

Wrong. Onboard sound quality has improved significantly in the last several years and onboard sound is now more than adaquate for your average PC speakers, cheap sound cards are worse than the onboard sound on higher level boards. If you only have a $40 speaker set then a sound card isn't going to help, if you are dropping $150 on a nice surround sound set then a sound card is justified, but for your average user onboard sound is much higher quality than their speakers are capable of reproducing anyway so a sound card would be a waste.

The integrated on my ASUS M4A79T Deluxe is about the same level as the Soundblaster Audigy SE that i was using in the past, cheap sound cards aren't going to give you a big boost in quality over a good integrated chip.
October 15, 2011 6:12:20 PM

upgrading your soundcard makes a difference if you use analog connections (input or output), digital on the other hand doesn't make any difference.
October 16, 2011 6:08:15 PM

im using roccat kave headphones aswellas some £60 creative speakers, i can hear a massive difference between my onboard and my xonar dg, the sound quality is much better and the interference i could hear through my headphones is gone
October 17, 2011 1:17:45 AM

I see thanks, i think this will go well with orion speakers.
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