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Built-In Soundcard, Threat or Menace? (Fran Guidry), ABX RealTek HD
ZinCh
post May 5 2012, 01:48
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Here you can find Article, Setup with pictures, WAV samples for ABX:

http://www.homebrewedmusic.com/2012/05/04/...reat-or-menace/

You can try to ABX before or after reading article:

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j7n
post May 7 2012, 13:43
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The age when onboard or cheap removable soundcards had bad reproduction quality are long past. As the article correctly pointed to, it's because of features and workflow.

I can connect other devices to a soundcard with the existing stock of cables and don't have to search for adapters. RCA and big TRS connections can take signficantly more abuse. A real soundcard can be direcltly told to run at the sampling rate I want or what an external device is supplying.

While integrated soundcards come with huge software that does nothing, at least not when I want it to. Last time I used an onboard soundcard, its output changed to a microphone and back as I moved the cable, with a loud click, which I found rather disturbing. Bitperfect copies over S/PDIF were impossible, and even they were, the function would probably be burrowed under icons describing "enhanced multimedia experience".
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