You mean like on Newegg? lol
They have "dominated" the industry for years, except for a stint when Nvidia's audio was popular.
You need to go read mikeaj's post that I replied to before trying to school someone. It's not enough to talk about the chipsets since the rest of the build can influence audio quality. Meanwhile, there have been no giant improvements in audio chipsets in the last couple of years. So even focusing only on your argument, it's unlikely that 2012 is going to be that much better than the year before
*Or Tiger Direct
*Thanks for Agreeing
*I thought I did read MikeAj's post. While I agree that "build can influence audio quality", I disagree that the variability is enough to undermine my basic point - which is that computer audio does meet a standard, and outperforms a lot of alternative listening contexts (phones, Mp3 players, (cough) portable DACS). I've listened to enough computers to notice that there is not a large variance between them in terms of noise, assuming chipset vendor is the same. You are talking about the impact of "implementation", and, yes, different board makers will not necessarily follow a reference example. But that doesn't conclude that performance suffers as a result, and it does not conclude that one can't claim there to be a performance benchmark. There may be variability, but the significance of that is subject to the same scrutiny.
Unless there is some proof out there that Laptop A, with an identical chipset, outperforms Laptop B, which uses an aluminum instead of plastic chassis, I'll say what I want.
Given that tablets are starting to outsell laptops (which were outselling desktops), I'd say 2012 is going to be a big "audio downgrade" for those springing for popular electronics. Headphones seem to be "in" more than ever, so I'd also expect the sudden appearance of nicely packaged crap to be coming out. Even if there are no significant audio "innovations" this year in laptops, I don't care, it doesn't really need it as Blu-Ray is the most demanding format that you may find in a computer currently.
Edited by MrMateoHead - 1/10/13 at 10:40am