Sound card advice?

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  1. negative zero

    negative zero New Member

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    My brother has been using on board sound and some cheapie desktop speakers for years. He went out and bought a klipsch (sp?) 2.1 setup and wants to get a sound card. THis would be for music only, no games. He didn't list a budget but knowing him I would say as close to $50 as possible.

    Any way to get one for ~$50?
     
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  3. mitrong

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    just buy one of the $30 ones from bestbuy.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage...istory=cat00000+cat01000+cat01051&id=cat01053

    they're all pretty decent.
     
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    thanks mitrong

    I saw the Audigy SE and the Turtle Beach one. I also saw a DiamondMax or something at Compusa. You think any one of those stands out above the other or are they all about the same? Just need something noticably better than on board.
     
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    well, this is 2nd time I've seen mitrong be HORRIBLY WRONG, today.


    THEY DO MATTER...

    Get an AV-710
     
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    Not sure if this changes anything but the Klipsch speakers do not have a digital input, only analog. Just forgot to mention that in the original post.

    jolly
    I have heard of the chaintech card but I don't think anyone local carries it. i will mention it to my brother but as I said he generally likes to purchase things locally rahter than order.
     
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  9. mitrong

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    honestly speaking as far as computer sound goes unless u spend loads and loads of money sound technology has plateaued out. my main point is he is only trying to spend 50 bucks. not many choices out there.
     
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    if i'm wrong then i'm wrong. don't have to be a DICK about it.
     
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    You're right. He just noticed a difference when ditching some $10 cheap desktop speakers and switching to the Klipsch. SO I know it would be an even greater difference to switch to a dedicated PCI card rather than on board. I (and he) know it isn't going to be a top end system with a ~$50 sound card.
     
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    Oh, i mean any of em will do...whatever your budget is.
     
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    Jolly has recommended M-Audio sound cards before; I have to say they're pretty good, and they don't suffer from the no-front-panel-connection problem that Sound Blasters have. (That problem can be worked around if you can buy a Dell front-panel-audio cable, but it's still a pain in the ass.)

    As far as the price is concerned, I gotta ask: why bother cheaping out on a part that you'll be able to use, without needing any upgrades, for the better part of a decade? It's not like sound cards have advanced tremendously in the past few years, and they're not likely to advance tremendously in the future. Buy a good one and use it in the next four computers you own.
     
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    Never heard of m-audio, I'll do a search.

    As far as price, it's not my decision. This is for my brother. I was surprised he bought the klipsch speakers in the first place. He only occasionally listenes to .mp3's. Never played a game and never watched a dvd so the on board has lasted him over 2 years. A ~$50.00 would last him even longer.
    I just want him to get the best one he can for that price.
     
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    actually, sound cards have made a HUGE leap, recently. I mean not too long ago "AC97" was the best onboard you could get. And that's about as shitty as shit can get. But then with the 915+ platforms we started to see some good integrated solutions. Creative has always been "meh" but M-Audio has proven that you *CAN* have recording-grade performance and quality for a SoundBlaster price.

    The Chaintec AV-710 competes favorably with SB cards that are many times it's cost.
     
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    I am amused, though, to see that M-Audio sound cards use VIA chipsets.

    And why the hell don't any of them have FP_AUDIO connectors? I'd like to be able to use my headphones, from time to time, even if it isn't rendered in stunning X.1 glory.
     
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    Well, he just called and ended up getting the Audigy SE from Compusa for ~$30. We have some kind of "no-tax" weekend here in GA so he wanted to get it locally.
    Even though it's not some high dollar card, how much of a noticable difference will it be upgrading from AC97?
     
  19. deusexaethera

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    If you hear any distortion, it will be because your speakers are too loud or your mp3 are shitty. The sound card will no longer degrade the sound quality.

    Since you opted for an SB card, you can take advantage of Creative's EAX protocol if you run any games on that machine. It's a nice addition, especially if the game music is good.
     
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    VIA makes some higher-end sound chipsets.

    FP_Audio is lame. Get a MAudio with breakout box.
     
  21. deusexaethera

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    If my FP_AUDIO ports weren't built into the same front cover as my USB ports and my firewire ports, I'd say to hell with FP_AUDIO. I almost never use it, and my speakers have a headphone jack anyway. But since I can't get rid of the headphone jacks, I want them to at least DO something. It's more a pet peeve than anything else.
     
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    so turn them into something cool???
     
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    I'm not sure what I would use two 1/8" sockets for. Maybe I could install two lights in them; I could fuck up and they could blink out of sequence, and then William Shatner could show up and order me to make them blink in sequence.
     

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