Worth it to upgrade sound?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by digerati, Apr 4, 2005.

  1. digerati

    digerati OSNN Addict

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    Just upgraded my system to this:

    Athlon64 3000+
    Chaintech vnf4 ultra
    512x2 Geil PC3200
    Seagate 120gb SATA
    Radeon x800XL

    and I'm wondering if it's worth it to drop another $70 on an Audigy 2 ZS or if I'm better off just going with the onboard sound?

    Here's the info from the Chaintech website regarding the audio on my mobo:

    Supports enhanced NVIDIA 7.1-channel audio
    Complies with AC'97 Rev 2.3 specifications
    Six audio jacks with automatic jack sensing
    Supports 48KHz coaxial S/PDIF output
    EAX/Direct Sound 3D/I3DL2/A3D compatible

    I'm not an audiophile and only either use my headphones or some Cambridge Soundworks 2.1 speakers. I don't plan on upgrading to a 5.1 speaker system or anything like that. I use my system to mainly play games like WoW, Battlefield Vietnam, Madden, etc. and MP3s and music isn't a priority to me.

    So given all this, is it worth it for me to upgrade to a Audigy 2 ZS? Would I get any benefit sound or performance-wise? Would I be better off just sticking with the onboard sound? Would it be better money to just get a Turtle Beach Santa Cruz card for $20?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Xie

    Xie - geek - Subscribed User Folding Team

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    If your happy with what you got (it sounds good to you) why waste $70?
     
  3. LeeJend

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    Unless you don't like the on board sound stick with it. If your nothappy and since your requirements are low, go with the Turtle beach $20 or an OEM SB LIve for $25.

    A seperate sound card can give you a small FPS improveemnt in games, but not worth $70.

    Instead if you want to improve your MP3 sound get something like DFX for winamp (or whatever player you use). The playback improvement is astounding. They have a free trial version. Check it out. http://www.fxsound.com/dfx/index.php?vendor=0&subvendor=0&plus=0
     
  4. digerati

    digerati OSNN Addict

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    would the santa cruz give any sound improvement over my onboard? just objectively?
     
  5. Luna

    Luna OSNN Senior Addict Folding Team

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    Not unless you are playing high resolution audio on nice speakers.

    Basic 16bit music will sound exactly the same on both.