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On Wednesday 21 July 2010 05:36:57 Kelly Clowers wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 01:14, Michal <michal@sharescope.co.uk> wrote:
> >> USB is for flash drives, printers, etc.
> >> Nothing good ever comes of using USB for sound or LAN
> >> 
> >> OP, M-Audio makes good cards as does Asus (Xonar series). Just don't
> >> get anything from Creative. You would have more choice if you went PCI
> >> instead of PCIe, and PCIe doesn't really have any particular benefits
> >> for sound cards (unless you are building a small form-factor computer
> >> that only has PCIe slots or something).
> >> 
> >> Actually, unless you are doing something special with audio (producing
> >> music or DJing or something), it really makes sense to go with the
> >> onboard sound chip. Via Envy24 chips are good, as are most that
> >> conform to the Intel HDA spec (including the very common Realtek
> >> chips that implement that spec (ALC88x and ALC1200)) .
> >> 
> >> 
> >> Cheers,
> >> Kelly Clowers
> > 
> > Have external sound card moves the processing off the CPU, good if you
> > have a low powered computer or are trying to get the maximum out of it,
> > gaming for example (Though admittedly most hardcore gaming is done on
> > Windows). You do also get better quality from an external card, but
> > whether you would notice that is down to the person, and debatable
> An onboard sound chip does the same processing as a PCI sound card -
> they are not like winmodems. True, a card can get you better sound, but
> the modern onboard chips are darn good, unlike the ones from say, 6+
> years ago which where pretty sad.

But onboard soundchips are sometimes affected by interference/crosstalk from 
other functions on the mainboard.


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