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Should I buy a sound card?
03-30-2011, 05:17 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-30-2011, 05:18 PM by morgothaod.)
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Should I buy a sound card?
I may buy some Dre Beats headphones. On my computer, I listen to music videos on youtube, play Quake 3 arena/Quake Live, I'm thinking about playing WoW, and I'm going to get Diablo 3 when it comes out. I'll be using the Beats headphones for gaming too. Would I notice a big difference in sound quality? I mean, right now I play Quake Live on my macbook pro and it sounds fine to me. I honestly don't see how it can sound better but then again, I thought standard definition looked good until I saw HD lol. Will youtube videos sound any different? I plan on building a computer soon so the sound card isn't for my Mac.
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03-30-2011, 05:31 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-30-2011, 05:35 PM by windez.)
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RE: Should I buy a sound card?
Yeah, if you're going to get a $200 dollar pair of headphones you might as well as get a decent soundcard. You should notice an increase in sound quality, and yes there is no point in spending that kind of money on headphones without a decent sound card to back it up with.

However some motherboards include VERY GOOD built in high-end sound cards.

Also, yes you should notice an increase in sound performance in gaming, definately. Now by "watching Youtube videos" do you mean you watch stupid mario brothers/community channel/fred...etc., or do you mean you listen to the trance vids people put online/video game soundtracks put up/justin beiber? If you do the latter, you will see an definate improvement in sound quality, although as far as justin beiber is concerned you may just be better off stuffing cotton in you Dre headset.
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03-30-2011, 05:42 PM,
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RE: Should I buy a sound card?
A sound card isn't actually going to improve the audio of headphones just FYI...
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03-30-2011, 06:52 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-30-2011, 07:38 PM by morgothaod.)
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RE: Should I buy a sound card?
Andrew, so is there no point in buying a sound card if I plan on using headphones? (confused)
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03-30-2011, 06:54 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-30-2011, 07:30 PM by windez.)
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RE: Should I buy a sound card?
(03-30-2011, 05:42 PM)Andrew J Wrote: A sound card isn't actually going to improve the audio of headphones just FYI...

Blush my bad; im just speaking from my experience where my Dell Xps 7100 had such bad sound quality that the cheap $1.25 external usb soundcard I bought off ebay was actually an improvement.



sorry, bro. just did some research, and sorry i didn't realize that not all headphones utilitize the soundcard. Unless you use certain headsets like the http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0017IUFAE/ref=...B0017IUFAE AX PRO.

(03-30-2011, 05:42 PM)Andrew J Wrote: A sound card isn't actually going to improve the audio of headphones just FYI...

Still, Andrew, shouldn't the soundcard make the sound less muddy/ take stress off the cpu at the very least?
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03-30-2011, 07:33 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-30-2011, 07:35 PM by Andrew J.)
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RE: Should I buy a sound card?
The CPU does not process sound, the integrated sound chip does.

Well it does to a certain extent, however I'm fairly positive getting a dedicated sound card wouldn't help.
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03-30-2011, 09:21 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-30-2011, 09:21 PM by morgothaod.)
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RE: Should I buy a sound card?
How can I get the best audio out of headphones if the sound card does nothing for them?
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03-30-2011, 11:36 PM,
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RE: Should I buy a sound card?
(03-30-2011, 05:42 PM)Andrew J Wrote: A sound card isn't actually going to improve the audio of headphones just FYI...

According to ???

Unless you're using USB headphones, a good sound card can definitely be an improvement over onboard sound, using good headphones.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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03-31-2011, 05:55 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-31-2011, 05:56 AM by Andrew J.)
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RE: Should I buy a sound card?
If there's not multiple cables for multiple it won't (All Dr. Dre headphones only use the standard headphone jack I believe). The only situation where I could see it helping is if you're getting interference (static) with the regular motherboard headphone jack.
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03-31-2011, 09:30 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-31-2011, 09:31 PM by morgothaod.)
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RE: Should I buy a sound card?
What are some headphones that'll sound really good with a sound card? Since the Dre Beats won't improve the audio on my computer, will they make the music on my ipod sound better?
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