Low end sound cards - am I missing out on better sound?

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LivePsy
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Low end sound cards - am I missing out on better sound?

Post by LivePsy » Wed Feb 22, 2006 1:11 am

I've only ever used cheap sound cards before: Audiomedia III, Hoontech DSP24 and now an Audiophile 2496. I thought I was getting good sound out of them. But I'm wondering if I'm getting much better than motherboard audio!

I hear absolutely no difference between 16 bits 44.1KHz and 24 bits 96KHz on sounds generated by Reason 3 and Operator. Straight from generator to audio out, no fx. Should I expect to hear clearer high end? Either the music I want to make doesn't need anything better than 'CD quality' (all electronic generated trance), or I need a much better hardware audio interface.

What's the deal? Do I need better gear?

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Post by alan* » Wed Feb 22, 2006 4:40 am

Short answer - yes. Ask yourself, are you 100% happy with what what you have, if the answer is yes then look no further, if the answer is no then think about investing in a more high end sound card. A new motu interface is about to come out soon, maybe consider that one, it looks good.
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Post by Lo-Fi Massahkah » Wed Feb 22, 2006 5:55 am

Sure you can do better than onboard soundcards. But... Both DSP24 and Audiophile are highly acclaimed cards. Sure there are even better cards, but there always will be.

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Post by jerry123 » Wed Feb 22, 2006 6:33 am

Most mid-range stuff is quite similar. Untill you get upto to Lynx or Appogee converters. Then you will get wider stereo, tighter, deeper bass and a more detailed high-end.

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