Old soundblaster or new onboard soundcard?
Jul 30, 2008 at 10:25 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 3

pobri19

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Hi guys, I just found an old soundcard in working condition in my closet that I forgot about. It's about 2-3 years old I think. It's called a:

Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS

I'll list the specifications written on the box (I don't understand them so hopefully you will lol):

- 24-bit digital-to-analog conversion during playback with sampling rates of 8, 11.025, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 and 96kHz in 7.1 mode and up to 192kHz in stereo mode.

- 24-bit analog-to-digital conversion during recording in 8, 16 or 24-bit at sampling rates of 8, 11.025, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 and 96kHz

- SPDIF output up to 24-bit at 48 or 96kHz

- ASIO drivers for low latency (<2ms) multi-track playback and recording at 16-bit/48kHz

Ok so that's what's on the box for specifications, and my motherboard onboard sound is Realtek High Definition Audio, the motherboard is a:

Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L P45+ICH10 DDR2 1200 1600MHz PCI-E 2.0 SATAII GLAN 8Ch Audio ATX Ultra Durable

Ok so what are your thoughts? Thanks!
 
Jul 30, 2008 at 12:36 PM Post #2 of 3

DemonicLemming

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I'm using one of those that I picked up 3-4 years ago, and even being old, it's a huge improvement over onboard sound. Granted, it won't match a good external DAC, but definitely worth using over onboard.
 
Jul 30, 2008 at 1:08 PM Post #3 of 3

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GAH! apparently it's broken... The sound is REALLY fuzzy, and I've tested it in multiple PC's. Is there any way to fix this? I think it had something to do with a lightning strike that happened a while ago! Would it be possible to pay to get it repaired? Would I just need to buy a new one? Really tight on money at the moment so yeah, I'd prefer the cheapest option lol. thanks
 

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