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Onboard vs Cheap USB SoundCard?
Tall-Guy
post May 24 2012, 13:08
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Hey,

Up until now I have been using my Onboard Sound Card - ALC1200(Realtek). It suppose to be quite decent according to reviews (I'm mainly using it with Headphones).
More technical information about it can be found here.

Recently I purchased a set of new headphones that comes with a USB Soundcard: Steelseries USB Dongle. Technical information can be found here.

Few questions based on the above:
1. Is any one of them significantly better than the other (spec-wise)?
2. Does Onboard card getting Amp on the way out by the motherboard? What about the USB soundcard?

I tried to compare them using my ears, but the time it takes me to unplug and plug everything again (and change the output device in Windows) just takes too much for me to 'Remember' how to previous sounded. Or perhaps it just the difference was not that major for me to notice.

Thanks.
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Tall-Guy
post May 25 2012, 14:35
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Well, everything just become much easier. I was boosting the volume all the way and I can hear annoying 'crackling' from the headphones Jack. That must be what you guys warned me about. Moreover, I found this (the numbers are being showed at 1:50) - and it seems the USB is pretty decent. I guess i'll save me some RMAA education and stick with the USB.

One last question though, I have a three places to adjust the volume:
1. in Windows
2. On the USB Dongle itself
3. On the line between the 3.5 jack and the headphones themselves.

I should put the Windows and USB Dongle volume at max and just adjust the volume using the knob on the headphone?
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- Tall-Guy   Onboard vs Cheap USB SoundCard?   May 24 2012, 13:08
- - pdq   Without looking at the specs I would guess that bo...   May 24 2012, 13:38
- - Brand   Do a RMAA test with both of them. Also using diffe...   May 24 2012, 15:45
- - DVDdoug   QUOTE I tried to compare them using my ears, but t...   May 24 2012, 17:58
|- - probedb   QUOTE (DVDdoug @ May 24 2012, 17:58) But ...   May 25 2012, 08:51
- - AndyH-ha   Not to create any big argument, but I see the most...   May 25 2012, 07:34
- - Garf   I'd second the advice to do an RMAA test. The ...   May 25 2012, 09:50
|- - soulsearchingsun   QUOTE (Garf @ May 25 2012, 09:50) If you ...   May 25 2012, 11:18
||- - Garf   QUOTE (soulsearchingsun @ May 25 2012, 12...   May 25 2012, 14:46
|- - Brand   QUOTE (Garf @ May 25 2012, 10:50) get RMA...   May 25 2012, 11:20
- - Tall-Guy   I'm quite new to this, so let me know if I got...   May 25 2012, 10:31
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (Tall-Guy @ May 25 2012, 05:31...   May 25 2012, 11:18
|- - Garf   QUOTE (Tall-Guy @ May 25 2012, 11:31...   May 25 2012, 14:36
- - Tall-Guy   Well, everything just become much easier. I was bo...   May 25 2012, 14:35
|- - Garf   QUOTE (Tall-Guy @ May 25 2012, 15:35...   May 25 2012, 15:17
- - Tall-Guy   QUOTE You need a cable that connects speaker out (...   May 25 2012, 15:10
|- - Garf   QUOTE (Tall-Guy @ May 25 2012, 16:10...   May 25 2012, 15:25
- - Tall-Guy   Ermm, Im getting: "PROBLEM: The input level i...   May 25 2012, 15:42
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (Tall-Guy @ May 25 2012, 10:42...   May 25 2012, 15:58
- - Tall-Guy   Found the issues. Next one :-) PROBLEM: Inter-chan...   May 25 2012, 16:17
- - Tall-Guy   Thats the Onboard.   May 25 2012, 17:32
|- - Garf   QUOTE (Tall-Guy @ May 25 2012, 18:32...   May 25 2012, 17:44
- - Garf   It's maybe farfetched, but I hope it's a s...   May 25 2012, 17:41
- - Tall-Guy   Well, it's a 3.5 jack in both sides. Is that a...   May 25 2012, 17:50
|- - Garf   QUOTE (Tall-Guy @ May 25 2012, 18:50...   May 25 2012, 19:14
- - Tall-Guy   OK. I'm recapping everything and adding inform...   May 25 2012, 18:53
- - Tall-Guy   OK. I found the problem. It seems like the problem...   May 25 2012, 19:24
- - Tall-Guy   OK. I did some homework and spent some time readin...   May 25 2012, 23:12
- - saratoga   Note that unless you're using an external amp ...   May 25 2012, 23:23
|- - Tall-Guy   QUOTE (saratoga @ May 26 2012, 01:23) Not...   May 25 2012, 23:30
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (Tall-Guy @ May 25 2012, 18:30...   May 25 2012, 23:34
|- - Tall-Guy   So, here's the results when I add a Splitter t...   May 25 2012, 23:37
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (Tall-Guy @ May 25 2012, 18:37...   May 26 2012, 09:49
|- - Garf   QUOTE (Tall-Guy @ May 26 2012, 00:37...   May 26 2012, 10:46
- - Tall-Guy   Your speaking about the changes between the USB Ca...   May 26 2012, 09:55
- - Tall-Guy   So lets some it up: Are the results supporting th...   May 26 2012, 11:06
|- - Garf   QUOTE (Tall-Guy @ May 26 2012, 12:06...   May 26 2012, 11:15
|- - Tall-Guy   QUOTE (Garf @ May 26 2012, 13:15) Your on...   May 26 2012, 11:18
- - Brand   The results between no splitter and splitter+headp...   May 26 2012, 11:23
- - Garf   By the way, your result on the headphone out being...   May 26 2012, 11:30
- - Tall-Guy   Ermm, I'm not sure about the headphones Volume...   May 26 2012, 11:30
- - Tall-Guy   You were right Brand, the Volume on the Headphones...   May 26 2012, 11:48
- - Brand   Based on what I see here I'd probably choose t...   May 26 2012, 12:28
- - Garf   Here are some results from an ALC898 (thanks to Ca...   May 26 2012, 12:30
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (Garf @ May 26 2012, 07:30) I'm...   May 26 2012, 19:35
- - Tall-Guy   Brand, Yes - I hardly believe I'll be listen t...   May 26 2012, 13:09
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (Tall-Guy @ May 26 2012, 08:09...   May 26 2012, 19:42
- - Tall-Guy   saratoga, Would the Headphones port be more ...   May 26 2012, 20:26
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (Tall-Guy @ May 26 2012, 15:26...   May 26 2012, 20:39
- - Tall-Guy   It's not ear splitting, there is a good chance...   May 26 2012, 21:30
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (Tall-Guy @ May 26 2012, 16:30...   May 26 2012, 22:00
- - Tall-Guy   I prefer to have them both plugged in at the same ...   May 26 2012, 22:52
- - Brand   There is a way to switch the outputs on/off in the...   May 27 2012, 12:09
- - Tall-Guy   It's working Brand, Thank you :-) One last qu...   May 27 2012, 19:42
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (Tall-Guy @ May 27 2012, 14:42...   May 28 2012, 12:12
- - Tall-Guy   Well, Drivers (Video and Audio) are already update...   May 28 2012, 12:32
- - phofman   When my little tripath amp was powered from intern...   May 28 2012, 13:51
- - Tall-Guy   OK. Solved. What I did basically was to open the ...   May 29 2012, 08:26


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