sound card, does price compromise quality?

  Stuartli 11:31 19 Jul 2004

I also have a Soundblaster 5.1 Live! and find the sound quality very respectable through my IBM 2.1 speaker system.

However, prior to that, I used the C-Media 8738 onboard sound chipset for four years and was always very impressed by the sound quality; yet PCI versions of this chipset (there's also a superior 9738 version) only cost from £4-£6 and feature surround sound, 3D sound and SPDIF facility.

I'm not suggesting that you buy one - the Soundblaster is a superior component - but it proves the old hi-fi maxim that the speakers are a critical part of the overall system.

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