[QUOTE=mciahel;2068608]… if you love bloated, crappy drivers
Additionally: Big trouble if the driver disc is lost.
What do you need your soundcard for?
Many (most) soundcards are targeted to gaming and multimedia (BIGNUM.1 sound). Sound quality of recording or playback isn’t superior to many onboard audio devices (especially HD audio).
You might have a look at audio cards that are targeted to musicians. Example: http://www.thomann.de/gb/pci_audio_interfaces.html
I use it to listen to music, I’m trying to create a pseudo hifi system with my PC. I have a 5.1 speaker set pieced together from 2X2.0 and a 2.1 (one speaker is idle).
I can hear some hiss when my speakers are idle if I put my ears right next to it, I was thinking if getting a new soundcard would help.
So are you saying that these PC sound cards aren’t that much better than the onboard sounds? They do take load off the CPU though right?
Do the audio cards targeted toward musicians provide better audio? Some of them don’t seem to only have RCA or other types of ports, there are no ports for the pc speaker 3.5 mm plugs.
Also, are external sound cards better than internal cards?