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Gaz
03-29-2005, 07:58 AM
I want to upgrade the sound card that came with my HP. I am not a gamer. What I want is better audio on my music. I watch DVDs on the big screen, so I do not need Dolby Digital 7.1 or DTS decoding. I just want to listen to my tunes.

What is my best choice? So far, my research has led me to the Creative Labs basic Audigy card.

Any other favorites out there?

xoxo~
Gaz
A bit concerned about opening up the case.

Saulbadguy
03-29-2005, 09:44 AM
I've got one one of the Original Audigys, bought it in 00. It still works great.

nmt1
03-29-2005, 11:11 AM
I can't reccomend a better card for what you want to use it for but you might consider speakers too. I've got a set of Altec Lansing speakers that I've been very happy with.

These look nice: Altec Lansing (http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=36-113-154&depa=0)
As do these: Creative Labs (http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=36-116-120&DEPA=0)

nmt1
03-29-2005, 11:20 AM
This is probably a little more than what you're looking for but it's a good card nonetheless: M-Audio (http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=29-121-103&DEPA=1)

Gaz
03-29-2005, 11:27 AM
I have some Bose speakers that I like [for the moment].

I expect the computer to be like the audio/visual center. Upgrade the sound card then then realize I need new speakers.

Do you have the M-Audio card? Is it superior to the Audigy if I am not into games or DVDs on the computer?

xoxo~
Gaz
Standing on the lip of another money pit at Rancho Gaz.

Saulbadguy
03-29-2005, 11:31 AM
Speakers are going to make the big difference.

Klipsch pro-media or Logitech are the best brands, IMO.

Pants
03-29-2005, 11:46 AM
Speakers are going to make the big difference.

Klipsch pro-media or Logitech are the best brands, IMO.

Yeap, except for Bose. Klipsch are the best by far, except if you want to shell out the money for Bose.

Saulbadguy
03-29-2005, 11:51 AM
Yeap, except for Bose. Klipsch are the best by far, except if you want to shell out the money for Bose.
BOSE is nothing more than an advertising giant. Their product has remain largely unchanged for 30 years, and all they do is pour money in to advertising, and making sure their name remains synomous with "quality".
Have you ever listened to a BOSE set up? Its not terrible, but definately NOT worth the money you pay for it. The bass is muddy as it uses a multi chambered subwoofer, with a very small driver.

No highs, no lows, must be Bose.

Saulbadguy
03-29-2005, 11:52 AM
FYI:
http://www.intellexual.net/bose.html

Gaz
03-29-2005, 12:06 PM
Can we put aside the Bose-bashing for a moment, please?

Am I going to hear a difference between a Creative Sound Blaster Live! 24-Bit, Creative Audigy or M-Audio card? I listen to CDs and stored music files [a mish-mash of MP3, WMA & OGG] both via speakers and headphones [Koss Porta Pros; who hates them?].

xoxo~
Gaz
Knew he should not have mentioned the B word.

Gaz
03-29-2005, 12:16 PM
Another question, please.

Does anyone use [or used to use] a USB sound card? I am not exactly comfortable with opening up the case. Will I get the same sound quality from an external USB card?

xoxo~
Gaz
Wading into unknown waters.

htismaqe
03-29-2005, 12:20 PM
Can we put aside the Bose-bashing for a moment, please?

Am I going to hear a difference between a Creative Sound Blaster Live! 24-Bit, Creative Audigy or M-Audio card? I listen to CDs and stored music files [a mish-mash of MP3, WMA & OGG] both via speakers and headphones [Koss Porta Pros; who hates them?].

xoxo~
Gaz
Knew he should not have mentioned the B word.


I don't think you're going to hear a difference. The speakers are the biggest difference-maker in sound quality.

htismaqe
03-29-2005, 12:21 PM
Another question, please.

Does anyone use [or used to use] a USB sound card? I am not exactly comfortable with opening up the case. Will I get the same sound quality from an external USB card?

xoxo~
Gaz
Wading into unknown waters.


I personally shy away from using USB for things that are core to the PC's operation (sound, networking, etc.). I use USB for peripherals like storage and printing.

Saulbadguy
03-29-2005, 01:12 PM
Creative made an "extigy" which was a USB based sound card. IIRC it did not go over well. I agree with rufusmaqe, USB is for peripherals.

Gaz
03-29-2005, 01:43 PM
Thanks for your help, guys.

xoxo~
Gaz
Warming up the credit card.

nmt1
03-29-2005, 01:45 PM
Do you have the M-Audio card? Is it superior to the Audigy if I am not into games or DVDs on the computer?

I don't have the M-Audio card but I just installed it in a PC I built for my dad. He wanted to be able to record music on different channels and some other things. He's a musician so his sound needs are a bit different than yours.
I'd say the Audigy is probably the best card for you. I thought I'd throw the M-Audio in as an option you could research a little.
As Porker said, I wouldn't use a USB sound card. Mainly because I like to have my PC in a neat package. As few external peripherals as possible. Heck, I'd like to integrate my cable modem, wireless router, and printer.

dirk digler
03-29-2005, 02:32 PM
I have an Audigy 2 card with 5-1 Logitech Speakers. It sounds wonderful.

Phobia
03-29-2005, 02:52 PM
Another question, please.

Does anyone use [or used to use] a USB sound card? I am not exactly comfortable with opening up the case. Will I get the same sound quality from an external USB card?

xoxo~
Gaz
Wading into unknown waters.


USB isn't as fast as the bus on your motherboard. That leaves some potential for delays and lags in your listening experience - though not likely.

Opening a PC and installing a sound board is child's play. You do more difficult tasks on a daily basis, I'm sure. Seriously, you can't screw this up. I would trust my 12 year old to install a sound board in my own PC.