On 27 Dec 2004 09:25:13 -0800, "doobeeyah" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >
Sound quality is rather tough to compare and also can vary greatly
from one solution to another with identical chips. I have two
motherboards that both use the same C-Media chip but where one sounds
quite good, the other kind of stinks.
This particular board seems to use a Realtek ALC850 codec, which can
be used to produce very good quality sound. Given that this is a
higher-end board from DFI, I would guess that it'll sound every bit as
good as an SBLive card.
Of course, I'm with Keith and his rusty washboard when it comes to
anything Creative-related. Creative is, IMO, one of the worst
companies in the computer business. Their drivers have almost always
been awful, often taking years to fix well-known bugs, and the company
has used more than it's share of shady business practices.
If I were you, I would either stick with the integrated audio or get a
new sound card. For the above-mentioned system with the rather crummy
integrated audio I purchased a Chaintech AV-710 using the VIA Envy
24PT chipset. Sound quality on this card is excellent, it has all the
standard features and all necessary connectors (including optical
out). Considering the system in question is my media center PC (if I
ever get the damn software working right! :> ), good sound is somewhat
important. Best of all though, this card was VERY economical. Newegg
lists it for $25 (though they're out of stock).
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