What makes your computer music louder - Speakers or Audio Card

  Audio~~Chip 23 Nov 11
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Hello

I currently have a onboard Realtek HD Audio Chip and use Logitech X-230 2.1 speakers.

I find most of the time when watching online music or non music videos (not porn) to be lacking in volume though CD's & CD Music saved to file to be fine.

does a Dedicated Audio Card or better Speakers give more sound ?

Thanks for any advice and for calling in!

  northumbria61 23 Nov 11

Does a Dedicated Audio Card or better Speakers give more sound ?

There are arguments for and against - enter link description here

I have on-board sound with Logitech Z-2200 and large sub-woofer and the sound in my opinion is excellent (the volume is never turned up more than 25% or I would wake the neighbours) I see no need to purchase a separate sound card.

  northumbria61 23 Nov 11

Download and Install the latest Codecs Pack from here to see if that makes any difference - if not you need to alter your settings via Sound in Control Panel or check your speaker connections/wiring etc.

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  northumbria61 23 Nov 11
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Just had a look at your speakers online - total output is 32watt so that should be ample for your needs. You could try updating your on-board sound driver but you would have to choose carefully (ie:correct driver) or you could end up with no sound - I have heard of people updating via Device Manager and then not being able to "roll back"

  Audio~~Chip 23 Nov 11

Yes thanks Northumbria61 ! Will have a look at the link and check out for any updated audio driver. I know from experience the Windows update offering mucks up the driver and I had to roll back earlier in the year. My speakers are in excellent condition clean and fairly dust free no stuttering.

I use to have a Creative Sound Blaster card in my old machine that was the dogs goolies but too much software like Sound editing etc.

  wee eddie 23 Nov 11

You may find that you are not using "all" your Volume Controls to their full capacity.

1 on the Speakers, 1 on your Desktop and 1 on the Control Panel.

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