Audigy vs. NF7-S onboard sound

AdamL

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I'm upgrading my computer and part of that involves getting a new motherboard.

I'm currently using an Audigy (original) for sound, but I see that the NF7-S has an onboard sound option.

With the fact that I already have an Audigy (1) in-mind, is it worth the extra bucks to upgrade the NF7-S or should I just keep the Audigy for audio and buy the plain jane NF7?

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Talos

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Hi there, i would definitely advise you to go for the NF7-S, rev 2.x (Soundstorm technology supported-Real time 5.1). I'm using the same motherboard and i'm very happy with it and with the on-board sound , although i'm using the analog output for the 5.1 surround (the ALC650 is not the greatest DAC out there). If you can use it's optical-digital output it would be much much better for sound quality.
I've also compared the sound (dvd, mp3's and lot's of games) with another system using the Audigy with quadrophonic speakers (large ones) and i was quite satisfied in terms of performance and sound quality with my nf7-s.
So 1 vote to the NF7-S!

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Club3D Ati Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB (3,9 Catalyst)
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Maybe you could sell the Audigy!

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AdamL

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Ok, so the consensus here is that the Audigy is a poorer quality sound card than the onboard NF7-S sound, correct?
 

dxl

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i don't know about audigy1
but audigy2/2zs are supurior in soundquality
and also better in the gaming performance and EAX 3D positioning

with Soundstorm, the low end frequency is being cutoff, with better speaker and headphone you will noticing that.
however, for the value Soundstorm on the mobo is totally awsome!

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""with Soundstorm, the <b>low end frequency</b> is being <b>cutoff</b>""

Woooot? that along will put it out of my book fo-eva.

..this is very useful and helpful place for information...
 

dxl

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ah, don't worry
the cutoff frequency is at 50~60hz
very low end u see?! haha
some casual listeners or bad speaker wont notice that

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Crashman

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My friend with an Audigy2 ZS bought an MSI K7N2-ILSR for a worker, we put it together and connected it to his digital sound system, we were both extremely pleased with the way it sounded compared to his Audigy2 ZS. Of course he was using some crappy Creative speaker set by Cambridge Soundworks that he only paid like $350 for.

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