Which Should He Use Sound Card Wise?

indyjones

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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

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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/
 

indyjones

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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 :)
 

indyjones

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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 ?
 

indyjones

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

dreamliner77

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

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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
 

indyjones

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

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