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    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?

  • #2
    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.
    Jan Bennett
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    • #3
      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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      • #4
        On board sound is pretty good on my MII 10k. I think i may invest in an EQ tho

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        • #5
          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
          Jan Bennett
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          • #6
            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...?
            Nick
            '99 Ford Escort ZX2 CarPC <-- RIP Feb '07

            2006 Chevy Equinox LS (Current Project)

            **VIA EPIA PD 1ghz Mobo, OPUS 150, 7" LinITX LCD touchscreen, 512 Ram, 60Gig HD, DLink Bluetooth, Belkin 802.11g wireless,

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            • #7
              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

              -Luke
              Brown 2010

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              • #8
                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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                • #9
                  HAHAHHA
                  But hey...even with the BEST card....the road noise can be enough to destroy a good song.....
                  Brown 2010

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                  • #10
                    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.
                    Nick
                    '99 Ford Escort ZX2 CarPC <-- RIP Feb '07

                    2006 Chevy Equinox LS (Current Project)

                    **VIA EPIA PD 1ghz Mobo, OPUS 150, 7" LinITX LCD touchscreen, 512 Ram, 60Gig HD, DLink Bluetooth, Belkin 802.11g wireless,

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by kamikaze2112
                      it's fine for me
                      precisely

                      onboard sound would and has killed me...lol
                      Jan Bennett
                      FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

                      Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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                      • #12
                        Onboard sound is more susceptible to noise than even internal soundcards (although, if you stick an internal soundcard in the slot under a video card, expect static).

                        I've seen the M-Audio Audiophile reccomended a lot recently on some of the other forums I frequent, mainly for it's external firewire interface while still keeping ASIO (extremely low latency audio in/out) but not all motherboards have firewire so that could be a problem.

                        Unless you require crystal clear audio with no pops/interference (i.e. if you dispise radio), it's probably not worth buying an external soundcard.

                        If you hate interference, but aren't really obsessed about the audio being perfect, probably go with a USB/Firewire soundcard in the boot of the car so there's minimal cable length between the soundcard and the amp.

                        If you can't stand listining to anything less than a $3,000 stereo, and/or own $200+ headphones, you'll probably want to look at a digital processor like the Alpine PXA-H700/701. It'll take RCA or digital optical in, and output at 4V on as many channels as you want, with as many options as you want (time alignment, crossover adjustment, EQs for every channel, etc, etc). Other options would be an amp with digital input. Digital signals are not susceptible to interference of any kind, as they're data, not voltage. They're also higher bitrate than ALMOST any source you can come up with (650k?) except maybe DVD-A.

                        //Edit: Red's signature is a good example. That's a few thousand on frontstage speakers alone, another $600+ on the Alpine proc, god knows how much on the amplifiers. If you intend to spend that much on audio, you need a processor or digital amplifiers.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Fenrir
                          Onboard If you can't stand listining to anything less than a $3,000 stereo, and/or own $200+ headphones, you'll probably want to look at a digital processor like the Alpine PXA-H700/701.
                          If you are looking for sound that beautiful, Consider a whole new car audio system.
                          Everything from speakers to amps to soundcard should be upgraded.
                          Depends how far you want to go with it.
                          Brown 2010

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                          • #14
                            So what sound card do you guys suggest? I want a USB for mine since all the PCI ports are used even with a riser. I think my onboard card is blown because I can't get sound anywhere, even with headphones plugged in. I know it's not the amp because the satillite radio works through it, and I reinstalled the driver from the via website. Nothing...


                            Originally posted by Sidewalksalvage
                            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

                            -Luke
                            For instance, where can I pick this up? 20 bucks would be great. What model do you have?

                            I'm looking into a combination of Focal Tweets/X overs, and CDT midbasses for the rear. Not sure of the midbasses for the front stage though.

                            But the quality of sound is definitely an issue with me.
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                            • #15
                              Simply go to ebay and search for "usb sound card" a whole bunch will come up. Any one is pretty good. The following link is for an auction of the same type of unit i puchased.

                              USB 3D Sound

                              As for the audio parts, speakers, xover, amps and such you can search ebay for the items. I suggest looking at crutchfield to find what you want first and then see if you can get it on ebay. (crutchfield can be expensive...but they also have good deals from time to time.)

                              If you really want to learn how to build and set up a really good system i suggest borrowing or buying the book "The Car Stereo Cookbook". Its an EXCELLENT resource for this kind of work.

                              -Luke
                              Brown 2010

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