I was gonna just use onboard sound at first, but I've been researching and I think this might be a mistake. Since these are exceptional 2.1 speakers, would I be better off with a sound card like the <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.asp?description=2..." target="_new">Turtle Beach Santa Cruz</A>? And it states that it doesn't come with an audio cable. I looked up audio cables but there are different pins etc. Which one would I need?
Basically I want your opinions on which sound card would get the best(without going overboard like an Audigy 2)out of these speakers. I would only be surfing the web, playing games, watching tv shows, and listening to music.
Thanks in advance.
P.S. I understand that a 4.1 or 5.1 system would be nicer to have but it's just not for me. So please don't suggest upgrading to surround. Thanks.
I just replaced a Live! MP3+ with a Santa Cruz. Playback on 5 year old Cambridge Soundworks 2+1's is about the same. Creative cards come with more software (the retail versions) but have some entertaining issues to worry about. About the only difference is that the Santa Cruz is a bit more efficient with the host CPU for MP3 playback.
Thanks for the knowledge. I am currently using an SB Live! sound card. Do you think it would be worth it to upgrade to a santa cruz or audigy for the speakers I'm getting? Or would my current card be sufficient?
Well, right now I'm currently running an Athlon XP 1500 but I plan to upgrade in September for Half-Life 2. I figured why not upgrade my speakers now. My new rig will be a P4 2.8c, 1gb PC3500, Ati 9800pro etc. Knowing this should I still go for the Audigy 2 if I don't plan on using any of it's superfluous features? I want the best cheap sound card with standard features(for games, music, tv shows etc.) that will get the best out of these speakers.