I am not happy with the sound quality I am getting, and I am assuming it is the on-board sound. I am especially disappointed in the bass when listening to music, no matter how much I mess around with the equalizer etc.
I don't want to spend a fortune, but if you guys think it is my onboard holding me back, can you suggest a good soundcard? Don't know what kind of budget I'd need. Cheaper the better in the $100-150 range?
PS, my motherboard onboard sound specs are:
Realtek® ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
Audio Feature :
- Absolute Pitch 192kHz/ 24-bit True BD Lossless Sound
- DTS Ultra PC II
- DTS Connect
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
Yes, USB soundcards work independently of your system sound card.
Also, make sure when you are adjusting your equalizer and tone, etc, that you are adjusting the USB headphone and not the settings on the sound card. Changing settings on one won't necessarily change settings on the other.