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Is the Soundblaster Audigy fx card better than my motherboard Audio? What card should I get?

post #1 of 4
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Hi,

 

I currently have the Gigabyte Z77x-DH3 motherboard, it has VIA VT2021 on board audio, 7.1+2 Channel, 192/24 capable, 110s/n. Today I bought the Audigy fx card, 5.1 192/24 capable, 106s/n, to see if it was better than my on board audio, and I don't think it is, especially now that I just wrote down the specs. 

 

I listened to both though my sennheiser HD 439s, and I can't tell the difference. I think the SoundBlaster card sounds better, cleaner and warmer, but that could be my imagination. Should I get a different card? I paid $50 for this, but I'd go $125ish if it made a difference. Should I keep the on board, sell the Audigy, and get an amp?

 

integrated Audio > http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/audio/codecs/vt2021/

Audigy FX > http://us.creative.com/p/sound-blaster/sound-blaster-audigy-fx

 

Thanks

post #2 of 4
With low end headphones you shouldn't really worry too much about what you plug it in to. The biggest improvement would be to upgrade your headphones.

I can't tell the difference between my motherboard, sound card, or usb dacs when using inexpensive headphones. I can only tell when using my expensive IEMs which picks up much more detail and makes it obvious most of the time.
Edited by bobby12 - 8/13/14 at 2:04pm
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Originally Posted by chiefwhackahoe View Post
 

I currently have the Gigabyte Z77x-DH3 motherboard, it has VIA VT2021 on board audio, 7.1+2 Channel, 192/24 capable, 110s/n. Today I bought the Audigy fx card, 5.1 192/24 capable, 106s/n, to see if it was better than my on board audio, and I don't think it is, especially now that I just wrote down the specs. 

I listened to both though my Sennheiser HD 439s, and I can't tell the difference. I think the Sound Blaster card sounds better, cleaner and warmer, but that could be my imagination. Should I get a different card? I paid $50 for this, but I'd go $125ish if it made a difference. Should I keep the on board, sell the Audigy, and get an amp?

integrated Audio > http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/audio/codecs/vt2021/

Audigy FX > http://us.creative.com/p/sound-blaster/sound-blaster-audigy-fx

 

Your comparing decent motherboard on-board audio to a rehashed older sound card design, using a headphone designed to work well with low cost hardware.

Return the Sound blaster Audigy FX and sell off the Senn HD-439 and put all your audio budget into new headphones.

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Thread Starter 

Thanks, that sounds like a good plan

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