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Old 22-02-2019, 09:50 AM   #1
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Does external soundcard improve audio quality?

Does external soundcard improve audio quality?

I have a pair of speakers and subswoofer connected to the PC. The sound is not as good as expected.

Does add a USB sound card help?

Currently it is using Realtek audio. Not willing to change PC because it is a AIO with 4K touchscreen.
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Old 22-02-2019, 10:05 AM   #2
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Does external soundcard improve audio quality?

I have a pair of speakers and subswoofer connected to the PC. The sound is not as good as expected.

Does add a USB sound card help?

Currently it is using Realtek audio. Not willing to change PC because it is a AIO with 4K touchscreen.
What is your current speakers? I think the speakers is more important than the soundcard.
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Old 22-02-2019, 10:09 AM   #3
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Cheap sound chip will get you so so sound. If you want better sound, should invest in a better external DAC and connect your speakers to it. Another alternative is to get active speakers with built in DAC.
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Old 22-02-2019, 10:24 AM   #4
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Does external soundcard improve audio quality?

I have a pair of speakers and subswoofer connected to the PC. The sound is not as good as expected.

Does add a USB sound card help?

Currently it is using Realtek audio. Not willing to change PC because it is a AIO with 4K touchscreen.
Depend on your ears and speaker quality.
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Old 22-02-2019, 10:36 AM   #5
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if you are using logitech speakers, throw it away first
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Old 22-02-2019, 10:46 AM   #6
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a usb dac may bring some "life" into your system - still dependent on what you're using now though

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Old 22-02-2019, 10:58 AM   #7
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first level get a good decent 2.1 speaker set. not satisfied then dabble with dedicated soundcard / DAC
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Old 22-02-2019, 11:08 AM   #8
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Yes but also depend on your speaker.
Cards like Creative X-fi surround does improve SQ.
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Old 22-02-2019, 12:25 PM   #10
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Does external soundcard improve audio quality?

I have a pair of speakers and subswoofer connected to the PC. The sound is not as good as expected.

Does add a USB sound card help?

Currently it is using Realtek audio. Not willing to change PC because it is a AIO with 4K touchscreen.
I used to have sound quality issue on my pc, after using wall sockets instead of trail sockets, sound quality improve, it sound better than all in one hifi.
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Old 22-02-2019, 12:52 PM   #11
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What is your current speakers? I think the speakers is more important than the soundcard.
I am using Swan Speakers 2.1
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Old 22-02-2019, 12:52 PM   #12
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using same motherboard, sound is as “soft “ as TS deacribed. need to increase to 50-60 out of 100 to hear youtube videos clearly ( those commentary type)
bought a cheap $5-7 usb sound dongle from sim lim, need only to turn up volume around 20-25 to achieve same loudness and clearness
If TS not those audiophile type the cheap usb solution might be for TS

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Old 22-02-2019, 12:59 PM   #13
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I using swans too but the bass weakened after 6 years. you need to get subwoofers
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Old 22-02-2019, 01:24 PM   #14
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using same motherboard, sound is as “soft “ as TS deacribed. need to increase to 50-60 out of 100 to hear youtube videos clearly ( those commentary type)
bought a cheap $5-7 usb sound dongle from sim lim, need only to turn up volume around 20-25 to achieve same loudness and clearness
If TS not those audiophile type the cheap usb solution might be for TS
What about those Creative Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 USB. I see some of them. Main purpose is still to improve sound clarity for YouTube videos
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Old 22-02-2019, 01:35 PM   #15
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What about those Creative Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 USB. I see some of them. Main purpose is still to improve sound clarity for YouTube videos
Try manually tweaking your onboard soundcard software equalizer and increase dB for frequency bands 1.5k and above. Should help a little.

If that doesn't work, you can probably buy a dac like the xonar u7/mkii for a decent price and turn on Dolby home theatre, then create a custom profile that turns on dialogue enhancer levels for your youtube/movies.
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