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    Recommend me a soundcard

    Howdy guys.

    Im in the process of buying and building a PC.

    Could you recommend me a sound card? I have in my current PC a soundblaster (dont know which model), but its 5.1, and iv had it for probably 4 years now, its rather dusty too.

    I currently have a 2.1 speaker setup, and i play games and watch movies on my PC.

    Could you recommend me a decent sound card, not a one thats going to bust my bank though.

    Thanks

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    Re: Recommend me a soundcard

    Does your Motherboard not have integrated sound?

    Most modern ones do and many even have 5.1 for surround sound.

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    Re: Recommend me a soundcard

    My current one does have.

    And the new one im getting will have.

    But im not a fan of integrated sound.

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    Re: Recommend me a soundcard

    You may find you are suprised by the quality, some new motherboards have very good onboard sound.

    If your not using expensive speakers many people wouldn't notice the difference...

    So what budget would your sounds card be under?

    £100? £300?

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    Re: Recommend me a soundcard

    Not Creative! Read this if you haven't already: http://forums.hexus.net/hexus-hardwa...-creative.html

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    Re: Recommend me a soundcard

    Quote Originally Posted by FifthFreedom View Post
    You may find you are suprised by the quality, some new motherboards have very good onboard sound.

    If your not using expensive speakers many people wouldn't notice the difference...

    So what budget would your sounds card be under?

    £100? £300?
    Yup, just took my words outa my mouth.

    Todays onboard (and certainly the HD Audio) is very good. Easily on par with the Audigys IMO.

    Auzentech and the ASUS cards are the only real ones worth looking at. Forget Creative these days. All marketing, no substance.
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    Re: Recommend me a soundcard

    I like these

    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK

    but note no jack plugs or front panel

    In a HTPC with 2.1 i am using this

    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK

    i got it as a spare a long time ago as it was cheap and put it in the HTPC after problems with the onboard audio.
    It works ok and cant complain at for the price

    BTW I have not had/will not use creative since a friend had to buy a driver cd to get his card working in XP when he upgraded from win98
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    Re: Recommend me a soundcard

    Quote Originally Posted by s3ds View Post
    I like these

    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK

    but note no jack plugs or front panel

    In a HTPC with 2.1 i am using this

    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK

    i got it as a spare a long time ago as it was cheap and put it in the HTPC after problems with the onboard audio.
    It works ok and cant complain at for the price

    BTW I have not had/will not use creative since a friend had to buy a driver cd to get his card working in XP when he upgraded from win98

    First link (MA-2496) is not really for general use, it's mainly for computer musicians which is why it hasn't got 3.5mm jacks or front panel connections and it's no good for games etc.

    The second link (Aureon) is rubbish (for new builds), a downgrade from modern onboard HDA IMO.

    The Asus Xonar DX/XD has many favorable reviews, I'd probably go for one of these myself for my next build.

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    Re: Recommend me a soundcard

    Well the motherboard il be getting is this:

    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK

    And my budget for a soundcard would be probably upto £30/40

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    Re: Recommend me a soundcard

    How about a trends ud-10?

    I'd post links but I cant yet (grrr 5 min posts!)

    Basically it's a little stereo only usb dac with 2.5inch or phono output. Audiophile recommended too

    (this may be a little 'out of the box' for you, but if you computer involves lots of listening to music, then this comes highly recommeded by me! )

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    Re: Recommend me a soundcard

    If your onboard sound chip is connected to a TOSLINK output, a good quality 5.1 setup with an onboard decoder will offload DSP processing to the decoder for most streams, which will mean that soundcard will make no difference to sound quality and make a descrete card option pointless. Something like the Logitech Z-5500, while pricey, is bloody good.
    Quote Originally Posted by Agent View Post
    ...every time Creative bring out a new card range their advertising makes it sound like they have discovered a way to insert a thousand Chuck Norris super dwarfs in your ears...

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    Re: Recommend me a soundcard

    £30-£40 will not buy you a soundcard worth getting over the P5K-E onboard HDA, I'd say £50 is the minimum spend for a worth while soundcard.

    The alternative is to buy a used soundcard, these you can get between £30-£40.

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    I can heartily recommend the Terratec Aureon 7.1 as a good budget alternative to Creative cards.

    I bought one for my son last year. He's running a set of Logitech X-530's through it, and the quality of sound is impressive for such a cheap setup

    A M-Audio Revolution 5.1/7.1 would be another good option
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    Re: Recommend me a soundcard

    Quote Originally Posted by FifthFreedom View Post
    You may find you are suprised by the quality, some new motherboards have very good onboard sound.

    If your not using expensive speakers many people wouldn't notice the difference...
    Hear hear, +1

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    Re: Recommend me a soundcard

    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt View Post
    If your onboard sound chip is connected to a TOSLINK output, a good quality 5.1 setup with an onboard decoder will offload DSP processing to the decoder for most streams, which will mean that soundcard will make no difference to sound quality and make a descrete card option pointless. Something like the Logitech Z-5500, while pricey, is bloody good.
    You can't do 5.1 over TOSLINK without encoding the stream into Dolby Digital / DTS and having a receiver which can decode it.
    Very few onboard soundchips have this
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    Re: Recommend me a soundcard

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent View Post
    You can't do 5.1 over TOSLINK without encoding the stream into Dolby Digital / DTS and having a receiver which can decode it.
    Very few onboard soundchips have this
    Yep even many soundcards don't have this feature

    This what i would buy

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