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WarDog21

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#1 13 years ago

What is the best budget soundcard for $40 or under?




Deimos

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#2 13 years ago

CREATIVE Sound Blaster Live! 24bit 70SB041000000 8 (7.1) Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

If you can afford the extra $5.00 for shipping, that's a very nice sound card. ;)




mastergamer

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#3 13 years ago

sound blaster live is GREAT but as for me i just use my mobos integrated 7.1, and it works enough




C38368

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#4 13 years ago

Give the Chaintech AV-710 a look. Satellite DACs aren't as good as the stereo DACs (which are the best in that price range), but then again, neither are those on Creative's cards.




DnC

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#5 13 years ago

Ah, im looking for a budget sound card to, so this should be useful. Got me new 4.1 Sirrico speakers! Wack! As they say.




amoreelitesoldier

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#6 13 years ago

I have the Audigy 2ZS Gamer (just with games included) and the Logitech X-530 5.1 speakers. They sound pretty dang good to me...In games and music too...




WarDog21

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#7 13 years ago

im am probly not going to be having surround sound so i just wanted a soundcard that i could use to play with highest qualtiy sound on all games. and is a higher sample rate better or is a lower one better? like 192KHz vs 96KHz which would be better?




amoreelitesoldier

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#8 13 years ago

Yes, as far as I know a higher samping rate is better. :)




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#9 13 years ago
WarDog21im am probly not going to be having surround sound so i just wanted a soundcard that i could use to play with highest qualtiy sound on all games.

Give the Chaintech some thought, then. It isn't the best gaming card ever, nor is it the best music card on the market. But it's also $30 (or so), has excellent stereo performance for that price point, and oddly enough has an optical out if you have use for that. You'd probably be making some compromises, but that's what budgets are all about. SB Live! 24-bit would probably be first loser in this case.

and is a higher sample rate better or is a lower one better? like 192KHz vs 96KHz which would be better?

All else being equal, higher sample rates are better. Sonic waves are analogue, and resemble sine waves. Digital audio, on the other hand, doesn't have a continuous waveform. Rather, it's a discrete series of points, each one taken at some predetermined interval. They can then be connected to recreate a continuous waveform. So generally, higher sample rates result in a more accurate output, since you have more sample points and therefore a closer approximation to the original waveform. Generally, I say, because upsampling isn't always perfect. It can be done, and it can be done quite well. Or it can be done cheaply, which will make it sound less-than-great. This is one of my huge gripes with the Audigy family: they all upsample to 48kHz, and very badly at that. Thus, a 44.1kHz source (the most common sample rate of digital audio) is rather noticeably b0rked by the A/A2/A4, when compared to a higher quality APU.