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I have active speakers connected to my integrated sound card.

will upgrading to a better sound card change the sq?

post #2 of 8
Depends on how good/bad the integrated sound is....
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Originally Posted by Amitl View Post


I have active speakers connected to my integrated sound card.

will upgrading to a better sound card change the sq?

I would guess a sound card like the Asus Xonar DX or D1 sound card (used $50-$65), with their CS4398 DAC chip, should offer some audio quality improvement over on-board audio.

 

Or maybe get the Hifimediy Sabre USB DAC, $50-$60

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

I would guess a sound card like the Asus Xonar DX or D1 sound card (used $50-$65), with their CS4398 DAC chip, should offer some audio quality improvement over on-board audio.

 

Or maybe get the Hifimediy Sabre USB DAC, $50-$60

Probably true, but the OP didn't say what his computer is, laptop or desktop, PC or Mac.  A few years ago I'd have said without reservation that you can always improve in the integrated sound card.  Today, there are a few that are good enough that the investment isn't always worth it.

 

So, OP, what to you have?

post #5 of 8

how good is the realtek alc888?

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Thread Starter 

i have a pc with a cheap motherboard with a realtek audio chip.....dont remember

which one specifically, when i go to control panel it actually says "amd audio" from some reason.

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Yeah, you can do better than that.  Pretty much anything mentioned so far, and more.

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Thanks for the comments!!
 

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