Thinking about upgrading sound card

By Giturar
Apr 19, 2004
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  1. But I'm not too sure I need to. RIght now I have a Santa Cruz, and recently got logitech z-680s, so far, they sound great. But maybe they can do better. Is it even worth upgrading? If so, what would you recommend?
  2. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 829

    Sound card upgrades are one of the few types of upgrades that are largely unnecessary unless you're looking for something specific. If your audio already sounds great to you and your current card supports the features you want, ie. surround sound, mic, headphones. There will be minimal noticable gain from a sound card upgrade.
  3. sw123

    sw123 Newcomer, in training Posts: 752

    You could get a new sound card fairly cheaply, just look online or try your local circut city, best buy, or CompUSA
  4. seanp789

    seanp789 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 113


    From what I understand the Santa Cruz is somewhere between an audigy 1 and audigy 2 in sound quality.

    I would not upgrade unless you were planning on getting at least the base model X-Fi.


    Now do you need an X-Fi? Depends on what and how much you use your system. with a set of Z-680s would says it is not an urgent upgrade but there will be some noticable difference during critical listening. If you decide to upgrade your speakers then a X-Fi would nearly required.
  5. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 829

    You guys did notice that this thread is almost a year old? No real need to resurrect it.
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