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onboard sound or NOT?

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by garyc, Aug 26, 2005.

  1. garyc

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    Hi,

    I have a audigy2 sound card but the new motherboard has onboard sound is it best to stick with the card?

    cheers

    Gary
     
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    Depends on whether you've got space for it, what quality the on-doard sound is and finally what you're doing with the sound (is it going to an amp or powering speakers direct?)
     
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    for example. If you have an nVidia chipset on the motherboard, it can encode your sound into 5.1 so you can have dolby digital games from EAX, whereas the Audigy cannot. On the otherhand the audigy 2 has loads of inputs, which you may need and it can do some higher resolution sampling.

    Perhaps if you tell us what you are connecting to and why we can help more.

    Cheers

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  4. garyc

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    sorry guys a bit new to this side of things

    mainboard msi 915p audio:-

    • Azalia link controller integrated in Intel® ICH6R chipset.
    • 8-channel audio codec CMI9880L.


    going to take the coax sound out into a lexicon mc1 running 7.1

    cheers

    Gary
     
  5. JohnS

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    I would think in that instance the mobo will be as good as the creative. You'd get an improvement into a Lexicon with something like a RME card though.
     
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    At the very top end, a sound card should win every time. The new hi definition codecs are blurring the lines though and an Audigy2 is now quite old in relative terms. A short while ago only Soundstorm on Nvidia chipsets would have got close. If you have the hardware, compare them. Let us know what you find. :)
     
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    Card for sure. Especially if you'll be playing any games on the pc.

    I'd take a look at the M-audio and HDA X-Mystique for output to an amp
     
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    That motherbard has a Dolby Digital Encoder chip, so it will convert all your audio to an AC3 stream just like the Nforce boards/HDA cards, so you will be fin with it, hook it up to your amp via coax like you suggested and make sure the dolby digital encoding option is switched on in the motherboard software...
     

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