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whellington
18-09-2009, 03:07 PM
I got logitech 2.1 z2300 speakers

Is it worth getting a sound card? Looking to spend under $200

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentlist.asp?parttypeid=17&t=13

ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channel PCI Express 2.0 (does this work with PCI x1?)
ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channel PCI

Speedy Gonzales
18-09-2009, 03:18 PM
If your system has an onboard soundcard, then no. Use that instead

Blam
18-09-2009, 03:29 PM
For the typical user, most newer motherboards have onboard sound that is sufficient..

If you are a hardcore music editing freak...then yes:p

Blam

Sherman
18-09-2009, 04:01 PM
Depends on the quality of your onboard soundcard. Your speakers are good enough that it is likely you will hear a difference between onboard sound and a separate soundcard.

I have the logitech Z-5500 speakers, and I have used both the onboard sound (Realtek ALC1200) and my X-Fi Titanium sound card with them. Basically if I have the volume turned up and no sound playing I can hear a slight hiss using the Realtek, I don't get this with my X-Fi. I also find that the Realtek sounds a bit muffled/indistinct/muddy when compared to the X-Fi.

Of course, the above is highly subjective, and you may not notice any improvements by upgrading to a separate soundcard.

I'm no audiophile, and also have a mild hearing impairment, so feel free to take my opinions with a grain of salt.

utopian201
18-09-2009, 05:05 PM
I have the z-5500D speakers too, using onboard Cmedia 8738. That chip is used on some discrete soundcards, so I guess it can be considered a better onboard solution.

As long as I use the rear outputs, the sound is fine.

$x + $200 on speakers + onboard sound would give better sound than $x + $200 on sound card.

pctek
18-09-2009, 06:06 PM
I got logitech 2.1 z2300 speakers

Is it worth getting a sound card?

Such good taste. :thumbs:

I have those.

I tried it once - got a sound card to use with these. To be honest I couldn't tell the difference. I'm not the most audiophile of people but I wouldn't bother.

Agent_24
18-09-2009, 06:17 PM
The onboard sound chips nowadays are pretty good, I don't think you need to get another card.

Depends how fanatical about quality you are I guess.


ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channel PCI Express 2.0 (does this work with PCI x1?)
ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channel PCI

PCI-E 2.0 means version 2.0 not x2 speed (2 lanes)

Good cards though. Use the C-Media Oxygen chip.