Which upgrade?

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  1. psujeeperman02

    psujeeperman02 "Hi Sal"

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    Hey Guys,
    I just came across the new Logitech X-530 5.1 speaker set for my PC.
    A friend bought it, never opened it, and decided to sell it. So i purchased it for a very nice price.

    Anyway, my older system doesnt have a sound card that is 5.1 compatible. I was looking for new sound cards on ebay and it looks like i will be spending around $20-$30.

    Which sound cards do you guys recommened?
    The speaker set comes with a left, right, center, and two rear speakers.
    When i play CDs or any other music files on my PC, i want to be able to at least hear the sound coming from the front to speakers.
    So, with that said, what kind of sound card do i need?

    Im on a limited budget, so hopefully i can stay within reasonable price.

    I currently have a Creative Live card installed and never had problems with it, but it doesnt support my new speaker set.

    So what do you guys recommend?[​IMG]
     
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    DAN513 OT Supporter

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    get the sound blaster audigy 2. They can be had for cheap now.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    the sb audigy 2 is pretty shitty. (I own one :hs:)

    I'd recommend the AV-710 ($23 from newegg) if you want cheap. Otherwise, get an M-Audio card.
     
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    psujeeperman02 "Hi Sal"

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    So what do i need in order for my music files to play through all 5 of my speakers. front right and left, center, and my two rear speakers?
    Will a 5.1 card do the trick?
     
  5. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    I don't know what kind of sound cards you've found that are better than the Audigy, but my own experience has been that my music sounds infinitely better (much higher sound-to-noise ratio) through my Audigy than it ever did through my onboard sound.

    The ONLY thing I don't like about the Audigy is that, if you want to connect built-in front-panel jacks to it, you have to gin up your own wiring harness. Other than that, I'm very pleased with the results.
     
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    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    5.1 sends the combined bass signal to a separate bass speaker (that's what the ".1" is all about), but yes, if you have a bass speaker then a 5.1 card will do the trick.
     
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    psujeeperman02 "Hi Sal"

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    And you're saying that the Audigy 2 is capable of handling my speaker setup and sounds exceptionally good?
     
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    There are a few different flavors of the Audigy 2. I currently have the Audigy 2 ZS, and couldn't be happier
     
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    psujeeperman02 "Hi Sal"

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    Yeah, for some reason, i always thought that you could buy a $10 audio card and a $50 audio card and they would , for the most part, sound the same. I guess i was wrong. Old skool:mamoru:
     
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    the AN-710 is a very good card, comprable to the Audigy in most ways with the exception of support for EAX, which only a gammer would ever use.

    An M-Audio card will DEMOLISH the SQ of an Audigy at a lower price. M-Audio makes professional-grade recording cards.
     
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    psujeeperman02 "Hi Sal"

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    Where can i find an M-Audio card?
     
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    The AV-710 uses the Envy24 chipset which is the same heart as the M-Audio prosumer cards. MAudio has some other better-quality components that leads to a better card, but for the price, it's hard to beat the AV-710.

    I want that firewire MAudio 7.1 recording solution :yummy:
     
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    I'm saying that the Audigy 2 is capable of handling your speaker setup and that I am pleased with the way mine sounds, minus the lack of front panel connectors. (though, if you're hooking up a real 5.1 setup, chances are you'd never use the headphone jack anyway.)

    Jolly says there are other cards with better components, and considering that Creative Labs is very much a Joe-User-oriented company, I'm sure he's right about that. Actually...no, I know he's right, because my father has a $2500 DigiDesign 002 connected to his computer. Whether you're enough of an audiophile to be able to tell the difference between a $60 Audigy and a $200 M-Audio is something you have to decide.
     
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    psujeeperman02 "Hi Sal"

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    Where you're confused is the pricing. MAudio markets cards that SOUND BETTER than the Audigy line, and are at the SAME price-point. $70 gets you a good MAudio card. :mamoru:
     
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    psujeeperman02 "Hi Sal"

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    Ok, i went with the AV-710 from newegg. I purchased it on Wednesday of last week. It is now Monday and it is still not at my door. I even paid for rush shipping. I know it's not neweggs fault. Fuck UPS or FedEx....or whatever the hell they use!!!!!!!
     
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    Rule number 2: never get rush shipping. NewEgg is notorious for taking their sweet-ass time getting product out their warehouse.
     

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