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Sound Card Upgrade?

by wgoforth / May 2, 2007 1:04 AM PDT

I have a new HP Pavilion a1510n with XP MCE 2005. It has the built onto mother board sound (AC 97) with Realtek drivers. It sounds ok, but I have wondered if I would notice any real inprovement with installing a seperate sound card, or would that just be more money for negligible improvement?

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iffy. For example I put in a nice SB Audigy.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 2, 2007 1:34 AM PDT
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What I found was that it did have less hiss and noise but I had to connect it to a rather big speaker set to notice it. On the headphones I could barely tell.

NOW THERE IS ONE AREA THAT WAS REALLY BETTER. This was the audio capture. That was definitely many steps up.

Hope this helps,


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re: sound card upgrade
by ramarc / May 2, 2007 6:32 AM PDT
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i think there's a definite improvement in sound quality with an audigy 4/x-fi over built-in sound. definitely worth the $40.

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If you're a gamer, you'll want to read this (EAX)
by linkit / May 2, 2007 7:00 AM PDT
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X-Fi Gamer
by waldosr / May 19, 2007 6:05 PM PDT
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I bought a X-Fi gamer and love it. I noticed a lot of sounds that I was missing with the AC-97 Hi def onboard sound. I spent about $100 on mine and I think it was worth it.

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