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What do you think about the Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec?

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My mobo currently has this, the specifications are located here:

http://www.realtek.com.tw/products/productsView.aspx?Langid=1&PFid=28&Level=5&Conn=4&ProdID=284

 

I don't know what any of those things mean, so I'm not sure if it's a good "sound card" or not. 

 

Going to have M50's soon and was wondering if I could benefit from a premium sound card/USB DAC.

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Originally Posted by Dexter M View Post

My mobo currently has this, the specifications are located here:

http://www.realtek.com.tw/products/productsView.aspx?Langid=1&PFid=28&Level=5&Conn=4&ProdID=284

I don't know what any of those things mean, so I'm not sure if it's a good "sound card" or not. 

Going to have M50's soon and was wondering if I could benefit from a premium sound card/USB DAC.

Chances are the Asus Xonar DG sound card ($25) will sound better then your on-board audio.

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Chances are the Asus Xonar DG sound card ($25) will sound better then your on-board audio.

How does that work though? Will it always make a difference? How do I know when I need one, what do I look for in a sound card etc.

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Chances are the Asus Xonar DG sound card ($25) will sound better then your on-board audio.


Yea i agree, A friend of mine has a realtek onboard audio, when he used the DG that I sent him. He fell on the floor in shock, now he tells me that it awesome.

 

 

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How does that work though? Will it always make a difference? How do I know when I need one, what do I look for in a sound card etc.

The onboard audio devices tend to use cheap components when they implant them to the motherboards, there are only rare cases where they use good components, but the motherboard in up costing a arm and a leg.  Main thing I look for is the features that you want or that you will use. Then do compare between others, then find out the sound signature of the sound card to see is it the sound signature you want. If you was gonna use optical out, then just the features is what you be looking at on the sound card if your onboard don't have optical out or the features you want. I just notice that you mention the ATH-M50,  Those headphones would benefit from being plugged into a good source like the Xonar DG, the DG does have features that useful for gaming like Dolby headphone, as long you config DH correctly and use DH1 or DH2 modes.


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Yea i agree, A friend of mine has a realtek onboard audio, when he used the DG that I sent him. He fell on the floor in shock, now he tells me that it awesome.

 

 

The onboard audio devices tend to use cheap components when they implant them to the motherboards, there are only rare cases where they use good components, but the motherboard in up costing a arm and a leg.  Main thing I look for is the features that you want or that you will use. Then do compare between others, then find out the sound signature of the sound card to see is it the sound signature you want. If you was gonna use optical out, then just the features is what you be looking at on the sound card if your onboard don't have optical out or the features you want. I just notice that you mention the ATH-M50,  Those headphones would benefit from being plugged into a good source like the Xonar DG, the DG does have features that useful for gaming like Dolby headphone, as long you config DH correctly and use DH1 or DH2 modes.

Okay, so then the sound card on my mobo probably uses cheap parts which means even if it for example has 24,000 hz and my headphones are 20,000 hz it doesn't matter. I see, well if I'm unsatisfactory with my M50's I'll buy that $25 xonar dg. Thanks.

post #6 of 12

Just get a card.

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Originally Posted by ROBSCIX View Post

Just get a card.

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Originally Posted by Dexter M View Post

How does that work though? Will it always make a difference? How do I know when I need one, what do I look for in a sound card etc.

Motherboard makers are going to use the cheapest audio hardware they can get away with (need to keep costs down, anything to save a few cents).

So whatever DAC feature is built into the audio processor, was chosen for cost, not quality.

If Asus (and other sound card makers) does not make their sound cards sound better then on-board audio, their customer would just keep returning the sound cards.

So chances are any modern sound card will sound better (sometimes way better) then a motherboard's built in audio.

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Originally Posted by Dexter M View Post

Okay, so then the sound card on my mobo probably uses cheap parts which means even if it for example has 24,000 hz and my headphones are 20,000 hz it doesn't matter. I see, well if I'm unsatisfactory with my M50's I'll buy that $25 xonar dg. Thanks.

I think at above 20,000hz, your above the hearing of the average person anyway.

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Motherboard makers are going to use the cheapest audio hardware they can get away with (need to keep costs down, anything to save a few cents).

So whatever DAC feature is built into the audio processor, was chosen for cost, not quality.

If Asus (and other sound card makers) does not make their sound cards sound better then on-board audio, their customer would just keep returning the sound cards.

So chances are any modern sound card will sound better (sometimes way better) then a motherboard's built in audio.

Oh okay I see then. Thanks.

post #11 of 12

Did you try the Xonar DG?

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Did you try the Xonar DG?
I have it now. The only difference is that I don't get a buzzing noise from it, and it has an amp which is very useful considering how quiet the PC volume is with the headphones.
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