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Creative SB Audigy 2 vs Realtek ALC889 (Onboard)
fake1337
post Sep 13 2012, 23:56
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Hello.

So I have an old Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 laying around and I'm currently using my onboard Realtek ALC889. Now people in general seem to think that a dedicated sound card is always better than onboard sound, but the Audigy 2 is much older than the onboard sound. Which one of these would give the best sound?

My speakers are the Corsair SP2500, in other words rather decent (I guess?).
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DVDdoug
post Sep 14 2012, 00:31
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Now people in general seem to think that a dedicated sound card is always better than onboard sound,
Not always... If the on-board soundchip sounds OK (especially if you are not hearing any noise) I'd go ahead and use it. If there is any audible difference, it most-likely will be noise.

Distortion and frequency response for most soundcards are generally very good (probably better than human hearing). So if you are not hearing noise or some other defect, a "better" soundcard may not sound better. (There are much better ways to improve/change your sound., such as using an equalizer or changing your speakers.)

Speaking of changing the sound... Many soundcards come with a utility that includes an eqalizer andother "enhancements". If you like using those effects, you might prefer one soundcard over another if it has better effects, or a better configuration utility.

And if you are doing any recording, you might want to compare the input/recording noise also.

If you are recording with microphones and you want high-quality, it's best to get an external "audio interface" with proper XLR microphone inputs, rather than a regular soundcard. (The line input on many soundcards is acceptable, but the mic preamp is often low quality and it's simply the wrong interface for a good recording/performance microphone with a balanced low-impedence connection.)

P.S.
You can also perform RMAA Tests, or search to see if someone else has already done them. Just remember that a measured difference isn't always an audible difference. wink.gif

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- fake1337   Creative SB Audigy 2 vs Realtek ALC889 (Onboard)   Sep 13 2012, 23:56
- - DVDdoug   QUOTE Now people in general seem to think that a d...   Sep 14 2012, 00:31
- - punkrockdude   First of all, using these built-in converters I al...   Sep 14 2012, 00:34
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (punkrockdude @ Sep 13 2012, 19:34)...   Sep 14 2012, 07:43
|- - punkrockdude   QUOTE (Arnold B. Krueger @ Sep 14 2012, 08...   Sep 15 2012, 16:23
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (punkrockdude @ Sep 15 2012, 11:23)...   Sep 16 2012, 00:24
|- - punkrockdude   QUOTE (saratoga @ Sep 16 2012, 01:24) QUO...   Sep 16 2012, 10:04
|- - westgroveg   QUOTE (punkrockdude @ Sep 16 2012, 22:04)...   Sep 16 2012, 10:21
- - dhromed   When I destroyed my onboard and got a separate car...   Sep 14 2012, 08:43
- - hlloyge   Only thing I noticed is louder output form dedicat...   Sep 14 2012, 11:03
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (hlloyge @ Sep 14 2012, 06:03) Only...   Sep 14 2012, 15:38
- - zima   Almost a decade ago I did have a setup where heari...   Sep 14 2012, 12:35
- - SoNic67   QUOTE (fake1337 @ Sep 13 2012, 18:56) Hel...   Sep 15 2012, 00:31
- - _if   The way I got around this question is by using my ...   Sep 15 2012, 22:03
- - nagual   QUOTE (fake1337 @ Sep 13 2012, 23:56) Hel...   Sep 15 2012, 23:21
- - krafty   I had to employ an ALC889 chip, which is considere...   Sep 16 2012, 02:17
- - IgorC   104 dB is a theoretical maximum. Now the final pe...   Sep 16 2012, 03:02
- - bennetng   Creative's Audigy and X-Fi cards have higher o...   Sep 16 2012, 08:04
- - westgroveg   I have an X-Fi and ALWAYS end up with a mid/high e...   Sep 16 2012, 10:13


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