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    I was wondering how the epia audio is in a car environment, I have a soundblaster audigy USB that I can use but wondered if I'm wasting the onboard audio doing that?

    Is the on board audio more susceptible to noise than an audigy, how is the quality overall on the board? I can't test it in my car yet as I've JUST got the parts and it will be a while before its installed.
    Cheers,
    Grant
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    i'm using it and i think it sounds fine. granted i have the stock speakers in my car, but i've got a pioneer amp powering them and i think it sounds just fine. i'm not an audiophile though, i'm sure someone with good ears or a great system would find something wrong with it.
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    • #3
      I use mine for playback and it sounds pretty good to me. But I'm no audiophile. Your mileage may vary.

      I'd say go with the built in sound and if you don't like it, THEN spring for the board.
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      • #4
        The main problem will be in getting surround sound or 5.1 out of the onboard controler. Search the boards and you will find that the sound coming out of the rear channel will be quite lower than the fronts. And sometimes sound will only come out of the fronts. If you don't care about 5.1 and just want to run stereo then it is fine, in my opinion. Be aware that running the Audigy 2 NX will take a bit of processing power, especially on the Via M boards.
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        • #5
          it all depends on what the quality of your system is.....what speakers are you running, etc....if you are on the stock system then I would say it should be fine.....but if you are on a decent aftermarket system, you will notice it and will probably want to change out to the Audigy that you said you have....
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          • #6
            Thanks guys, I am running some nice amps and speakers so will run the audigy. I'll be running the audigy as a 4 speaker system and outputting a Y from the front channel to the sub at the amp rather than letting the audigy do that.
            Cheers,
            Grant
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            • #7
              what amps and speakers are you running?

              also, do you have an EQ to boost the signal voltage from the lowe voltage signal that the audigy will inevetiably put out to something more like 4 - 9v?

              If not I would definately consider it....

              lower voltage can mean more distortion.....
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              • #8
                I wonder if VIA would ever consider putting their own Envy24MT audio chip onto a Mini-ITX board. That would give nearly as high quality audio as a the audigy!
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