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#1 kennethk

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:52 AM

If you're using a headset like the Logitech G930s would it really be worth getting an audio card?

 

Actually this was suppose to be for audio cards, sorry posted in the wrong topic and got confused. :P


Edited by wevsspot, 11 September 2013 - 08:08 AM.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 07:08 AM

You mean "sound card", right? Otherwise I'm not sure what's the connection between a video card and a headset :)



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Posted 11 September 2013 - 07:11 AM

You mean "sound card", right? Otherwise I'm not sure what's the connection between a video card and a headset :)

Yeah thats what I meant, sorry thought I posted in the audio board guess I just got mind crossed.


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 07:36 AM

I'm not extremely knowledgeable about this but I don't think you should bother getting a sound card if your using a G930. I thought it would only be worthwhile to get a sound card if you have high quality headphones, stuff audiophiles have. 
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Posted 11 September 2013 - 07:48 AM

What Mobo do you have? In most cases the on-board sound does the job very well. A dedicated sound card will give you better quality and more settings but it comes at a price + you have to get the right cables, speakers & a good headset to go with.

 

The cans you have are good so if you are happy with the sound just save the $ lol.



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Posted 11 September 2013 - 08:19 AM

I'll go against the grain here  :)

 

Many onboard sound solutions lack the amplification abilities of a good discrete sound card.  Some audio cards mfg. by the likes of Asus even have dedicated headphone amps onboard.  While I grant that many of today's onboard motherboard sound solutions are miles better than those from years back, if you appreciate great audio in many situations it would warrant the addition of a discrete sound card. 


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 08:23 AM

I'll go against the grain here   :)

 

Many onboard sound solutions lack the amplification abilities of a good discrete sound card.  Some audio cards mfg. by the likes of Asus even have dedicated headphone amps onboard.  While I grant that many of today's onboard motherboard sound solutions are miles better than those from years back, if you appreciate great audio in many situations it would warrant the addition of a discrete sound card. 

I couldn't agree more lol. What I meant is it comes down to usage/budget.



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Posted 11 September 2013 - 09:19 AM

Hey guy's, usually I use a 5.1 surround sound, it kinda sucks so I'll more than likely switch to logitech z506. With that said any suggestions for the best/cheap sound card out there? I use a msi military class 3 board with fm2 socket, will soon be changing to a am3+ socket with vishera cpu.


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 09:40 AM

If you're using the Logitech G930, it runs on USB so there's no reason to even consider a discrete sound card. USB headsets, be they wired or wireless, run on their own sound processing and bypass any other solution.


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 10:01 AM

I prefer a USB DAC, I think they definitely sound better. For about $200 you can get a Schiit Modi and Magi Which is a awesome DAC and AMP combo.


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 11:08 AM

If you're using the Logitech G930, it runs on USB so there's no reason to even consider a discrete sound card. USB headsets, be they wired or wireless, run on their own sound processing and bypass any other solution.

 

Good catch  :)

 

I flat out missed that.  My cans are analog  :)


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 11:16 AM

That also leads me to another question, is it possible to use usb powered headphones with 3.5mm deviced?


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