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Motherboard sound--why does my old mobo sound so much better?

Levyrat
  • 75 months ago

The common wisdom about motherboard audio these days is that it's good 'nuff unless you're a a real audiophile. Well, I'm not an audiophile, but I was checking the sound on computers the other day, and the old one sounds better than my newer computer. Lots better. Like I'd pay for that better.

  • Old mobo: aBit NF-M2 nView
  • New mobo: ASRock Z77 Pro3
  • Reference speakers: $20 2.1 set from Creative (did I mention that I'm not an audiophile?)

Now I'm confused. According to the internet, I shouldn't notice any difference between the on-board audio on those two boards, yet I notice. Is the internet wrong, or am I missing something?

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  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting article, thanks. Apparently the motherboard can make a difference.

The main thing I learned is that I have a lot learn about computer audio.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

What is different in sound quality between the two? If its a buzzing/humming it's a grounding/shielding issue that a simple usb sound card should fix, if it just sounds lower quality, a usb or internal sound card should also fix it.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not a sound problem like a hum or anything. It's just that the old mobo sound is much richer. It's the difference between a good home stereo and a boombox, if that makes sense. I don't think it's just me. When that was my main computer, I'd get unsolicited compliments from visitors. I thought I'd just gotten a good set of speakers.

I know I could get all the sound I want just by getting off the cheap end of the merchandise scale. (I tried an Audigy SE but couldn't tell the difference.) I guess I was really wondering if maybe all mobo sound is not as equal as we might think.

In any case, I'm keeping that old motherboard in the lineup. I never really explored its audio capabilities before, but I'm going to now.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

If a sound card didn't help, I don't really know what could cause it.

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