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How decent are USB Soundcards?

Dr_BenD_over

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The Realtek on my Atom system is terrible and I only have one expansion port, which is PCI, and it's being used by a HD 2400Pro (The PCI version does not have HD audio as I found out after I bought it). I was thinking of grabbing a USB soundcard for it, but I'm a tad wary that it may actaully be worse than the Realtek. I'll be using Analog outputs.
 

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The Realtek on my Atom system is terrible and I only have one expansion port, which is PCI, and it's being used by a HD 2400Pro (The PCI version does not have HD audio as I found out after I bought it). I was thinking of grabbing a USB soundcard for it, but I'm a tad wary that it may actaully be worse than the Realtek. I'll be using Analog outputs.
Auzentech. If I remember, the Prelude is PCI. Might work.
 

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The only decent USB sound cards I'm aware of are the Creative ones, but I have no idea how good or bad they are. In any case, it's a pretty safe bet that they'll sound better than crappy integrated Realtek audio, but you'd probably have to pay an arm and a leg for one. Here are two that I found on their website:
Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 | Creative Labs Online Store
Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! | Creative Labs Online Store
Auzentech. If I remember, the Prelude is PCI. Might work.
+1 on the prelude. Only reason I ditched it was it was PCI. Other than that, it was fantastic.
He's asking about USB sound cards, but I can see how you might have missed that since he didn't mention it anywhere in the thread title or in his original post. Oh wait...
 
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LarkStarr

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Despite no mention of USB anywhere in that post or title, the only advice I can give is:

I can't compare to onboard realtek, but I know the Creative Go! seems to work quite well. A friend purchased it for a broken onboard laptop.
 

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The only decent USB sound cards I'm aware of are the Creative ones, but I have no idea how good or bad they are. In any case, it's a pretty safe bet that they'll sound better than crappy integrated Realtek audio, but you'd probably have to pay an arm and a leg for one. Here are two that I found on their website:
Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 | Creative Labs Online Store
Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! | Creative Labs Online Store


He's asking about USB sound cards, but I can see how you might have missed that since he didn't mention it anywhere in the thread title or in his original post.

Who forget to read here???
I agree with zero, have sell few of creative USB soundcard over the year and since they are not totally pair with their PCI or PCI-e card they perform pretty good. Some wierd brand have other cheap one but who know, do they ever have sound?

+1 for zero sugestion and the whole comment:)
 

Dr_BenD_over

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The Realtek on my Atom system is terrible and I only have one expansion port, which is PCI, and it's being used by a HD 2400Pro (The PCI version does not have HD audio as I found out after I bought it). I was thinking of grabbing a USB soundcard for it, but I'm a tad wary that it may actaully be worse than the Realtek. I'll be using Analog outputs.
Naw Zero, it was to the peeps that can't seem to read.
 

YukonTrooper

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I've been using the Musiland Monitor 02 US external soundcard to bypass my notebook's internal card. It's a fantastic card. You can find them on eBay for about $125 shipped brand new.
 

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