How to get quality sound from PC

  Paul33 16:11 10 Aug 2007

I'm looking for some basic advice on how to get the best quality sound from a PC ..... because I haven't really got a clue !

I work from home and spend a lot of time listening to music on the hard-drive and I'd like to know what is needed to get the very best sound.

I don't currently have any specialist sound card fitted and I use some Creative 2:1 speakers with a wooden base unit under the desk and two small speakers on the desk itself.

It sounds pretty good but I see a lot of speaker systems out there that seem to be quite cheap and look swish but will they actually give me more ?

Does a better sound card actually improve the sound system ? In which case, what should I be looking for ?

  Technotiger 16:25 10 Aug 2007

You need at least a decent sound card - in the not too expensive bracket is the Sound Blaster Audigy2, which I have, plus a 5.1 set of good speakers - too many out there to mention one in particular, though I have a TECH 5.1 set(Woofer and 5 satelites) giving all-round excellent sound, which I bought at a boot-sale for £5 ........

  ambra4 16:38 10 Aug 2007

The sound system build on the motherboard would supply a high quality sound if the speakers system were of a high quality

It all depends on how much you want to spend and if you need a 2:1 or a 5:1 sound system

Low price speaker system

click here

Medium Price speaker system

click here

High price 5:1 speaker system a 5:1 sound card would also required

click here

  Paul33 17:02 10 Aug 2007

Thanks, I'll take a look at those links.

Ideally, I want a 2:1 system that rocks. I like my music reasonably loud and I really detest tinny sound so something beefy is good !

I'm probably going to add an Audigy 2 sound card shortly.

  Paul33 17:04 10 Aug 2007

I meant to add, I did buy a set of Altec Lansing 2:1 speakers last year and they were awful. The sound was tinny beyond belief and I reverted back to my existing Creative 4400 2:1 set up which at least has some beef to it !!!

  Technotiger 17:21 10 Aug 2007

Or you could try this, just two speakers. Run the demo, both the 2xspkr demo and the headphones demo.

click here

  citadel 19:09 10 Aug 2007

a creative x-fi xtreame music card.

  Paul33 22:50 10 Aug 2007

What exactly is the Dolby Virtual Speaker thing ...... hardware, software or what ?

It sounds good but I'm confused as to what it is and how to aquire it !!!

  Technotiger 23:10 10 Aug 2007

The Dolby site is not the easiest to navigate, but you could start here .. click here

Have not used it myself, but it looks like a hardware item.

  Totally-braindead 23:35 10 Aug 2007

To me it depends greatly on how much you like your music and how good your hearing is, a friend of mine, whos a musician insists he can hear noise when I hear none on music tracks. I'd be tempted just to try connecting your onboard sound to a decent speaker system and see if you find it acceptable, you could even connect it to a hifi I find that quite good, if its a decent hifi.
If you're still not happy then a Creative Labs sound card is the thing but which one to recommend I don't know as I lost track since they brought out the Audigy 2 and that was a while ago.

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