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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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bennetng
post Sep 16 2012, 08:04
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Creative's Audigy and X-Fi cards have higher output level than the onboard ones. The onboard interfaces I used cannot drive my $80 Sony earphones to desired level. Some of them also have audible noise floor even when everything are muted.

Creative cards with hardware DSPs (10k1, 10k2, X-Fi XtremeGamer or above) also support multi-client ASIO. Multiple ASIO applications can record and playback simultaneously. Even some semi-pro (especially USB and firewire) interfaces can't do that.

You can also install kX driver if you are using Audigy 2. Here is an interesting discussion about sound quality differences with different drivers:
http://www.hardwareheaven.com/general-disc...ty-1-0-why.html

Audigy 2 ZS measured with Lynx TWO
http://www.ixbt.com/multimedia/audiotrak/m...-pro-2496.shtml

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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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