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    Onboard sound on a Nano

    Hey i was just wondering if for a good quality sound would the onboard soundcard for the nano board be good. or should i go with an external soundcard?

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    onboard sound generally isn't very good. it requires AT LEAST a line driver to boost the signal voltage enough to be worth a damn.
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    I would recommend using a USB sound device. The onboard sound works, but doesn’t sound as good for applications where audio is the focus.

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    On board sound is pretty good on my MII 10k. I think i may invest in an EQ tho


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    this is an entirely subjective statement, just as this whole thread is asking for subjective comments

    what sounds great to me may sound slike *** to someone else, or visa versa

    the general concensus is however, that onboard sound generally is not that good and that a line level booster is necessary
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    It depends. What other audio equipment (speakers, amps, HU, etc...) are you running and do you consider yourself an "audiophile" or more of a normal listener...?
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    I agree completely with the last two posts.

    What are you using it for? If its jsut for like warning sounds and fun beeps and such...dont bother upgrading. If you like the sound from the board also dont bother. If you want crystal clear sound like a theater well then there are more things to consider.

    If the sound is clear but weak or just not loud enough consider other audio parts such as amplifiers or a new head unit. Sometimes its the speakers that cause the problem. Try the sound through a nice headphone set. If its clear is pobably speakers or head unit.

    If it is the board. I suggest a USB sound card. They are small and light. And can be purchased online (eBay) for 10 to 20 bucks. The sound from the one I use is EXCELLENT, better than my desktop's Creative Live! Value (yeah i got the value version...big mistake...) Any generic one is good. Mine is simply says 3D-Audio on the outside.

    If with the usb adapter it still sounds like crap...you may want to look at the audio system in your car. crutchfield.com can give some great simple inexpensive tips to enhance your cars audio potential

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    i guess what i meant is for onboard sound, it's pretty good. not as good as the Audigy in my home computer, but for in the car it's fine for me


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    HAHAHHA
    But hey...even with the BEST card....the road noise can be enough to destroy a good song.....
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    The onboard sound on my VIA EPIA PD mobo is just fine. Sounds great on an alpine HU w/ subs and upgraded speakers in stock locations. No buzz, and w/ road runner the EQ in Winamp gives plenty of adjustment.
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