Which Should He Use Sound Card Wise?

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  1. indyjones

    indyjones OSNN.net Adventurer

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    Hey there my housemate has just got a new motherboard its an nforce2 400 (non ultra) with the realtek 6 channel onboard sound, which is better his trusty creative live 5.1 sound card or the onboard one ?

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    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Both are pretty ugly sound-wise, but there are ways to make the Live sound better (KX Project drivers, media player plugins to upsample to 48khz, etc).

    To really check out a cards/chips performance check out Rightmark Audio Analyzer http://audio.rightmark.org/
     
  3. indyjones

    indyjones OSNN.net Adventurer

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    He uses 4.0 speaker setup so i dont think KX will be any good as I belive they only uselessly supported 5.1 and 2.0. The definatly did not support my 6.1. Shame they looked quite nice, mind you my create ones sound good since i made the effort to calibrate them :)
     
  4. Small thing, isnt 400 Ultra? Else its 333?
     
  5. indyjones

    indyjones OSNN.net Adventurer

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    Nopers is 400 but just single channel here is the full info its on offer at overclockers.co.uk for £26 which I think is a great price.

    But which sound solution should he use ?
     
  6. indyjones

    indyjones OSNN.net Adventurer

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    This is the info on the sound chip "Cmedia 9739A 6--Channel AC`97 Codec"
     
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    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Oh, I forgot, if he games, he will probably want the live as it supports EAX.
     
  8. indyjones

    indyjones OSNN.net Adventurer

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    Good point
     
  9. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    oh I was about to say the onboard sound cause "SoundStorm" is well good, but it looks like he got screwed by the board manufacturer and they stuck a CMedia on there to save money
     
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    Soundstorm is okay if you are using analog. It really shines in digital.
     
  11. indyjones

    indyjones OSNN.net Adventurer

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    i have never even used my soundstorm chip i prefer my audigy 2