Sound cards and windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP Hardware' started by DK59, May 30, 2019.

  1. DK59


    Aug 28, 2018
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    do i really need one if the intergrated sound is ok? the only thing i can think of is people telling me it’ll use less resources which is the only good thing i can think of. is this even true?
    DK59, May 30, 2019
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  2. DK59


    Dec 10, 2012
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    why buy a card if the integrated one is fine? I do not think you need one. :)
    Elizabeth23, May 30, 2019
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  3. DK59


    Jun 1, 2016
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    Some of my XP machine's motherboards have on-board audio.

    Others have PCI slot sound cards, both Creative's 'Sounblaster', and some a cheapy simple alternative.

    I keep the XP machines as dedicated audio devices, as XP is much better than later Windows for such use.

    I have not observed ANY superior performance of the card-equipped over the on-board, and that applies even to the Soundblaster! (Other than provision of a Toslink connection, which my on-board option does provide, but this is rare, and quite a few add in cards also do not feature Toslink!)

    I get the best sound quality from the Hi Def audio option with the HDMI signal from my graphics card, and I have a device to extract Spdif /Toslink audio signal from the HDMI pass-through, so I can route the audio to HiFi (or elsewhere) .
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    priscus, May 30, 2019
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  4. DK59


    Jan 13, 2018
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    Tampa, Florida, USA
    If integrates sound works fine for you then great, no need for a dedicated card. In most of my boxes I use the integrated sound.

    My main XP box has a Turtle Beach Santa Cruz (circa 1998), still one of the best consumer audio cards. I get audio from most of my PCs directly- thus I have 2 pro-audio M-Audio Delta1010 rack mount sound cards (circa 2004), one in an XP box, the other in a Win2000 box. Each one has eIght 24/96 balanced inputs and outputs, plus 2 more balanced input channels for a microphone. I have them daisy-chained and feed my stereo amp with one. The amp has balanced inputs so no hum. All bought on eBay at a fraction of the original cost.

    I also have an M-Audio Audiophile 192 for recording audio at 24/192. They all use the PCI bus, which means they don't work without glitches on any PC having a Sandy bridge chipset (known issue Intel never fixed). They work fine on Core2Quad/Duos and earlier CPUs.

    To avoid hum on my PCs that don't have balanced outputs (like the integrated audio ones), I use a stereo inline audio isolation transformer on each right before the unbalanced to balanced adapters.

    When I first got my amp, I just had it hooked to the Santa Cruz via an isolation transformer and unbalanced to balanced adapters. It sounded good, but things got awesome when I got the first Delta1010, hooked the amp up with balanced cables, and played Winamp and APE files on the Win2000 box (APE was the first popular lossless format, pre-cursor to FLAC).

    I've used a program called Izotope Ozone for Winamp since 2006. It's an analog modeling DSP plugin that has some great features to tweak audio to perfection. The parametric EQ does wonders for getting the best sound. The room simulation (reverb) feature does not sound artificial and really works. I'm not sure if it's still for sale, but it's probably somewhere on the net.
    Sixthofmay, Jun 5, 2019
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