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 Post subject: SB Live! or NVIDIA mobo sound??
PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 4:56 am 
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http://www.abit-usa.com/products/mb/pro ... &model=158

I have an ABIT AN7 mobo that has integrated "NVIDIA SoundStorm Technology with real-time Dobly Digital 5.1 encoder." Should I use this onboard sound or should I use my SoundBlaster Live! 5.1 card? Which one has better sound quality? I use 2.1 speakers.

If I choose to use the SB card, do I need to disable the NVIDIA sound to avoid conflicts?


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 5:40 am 
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Use Soundstorm over an SB Live.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 5:53 am 
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One4yu2c wrote:
Use Soundstorm over an SB Live.


What options for sound should I set in games if I use the SoundStorm? Like does it have EAX, etc.?


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 5:58 am 
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TsunamiZ wrote:
One4yu2c wrote:
Use Soundstorm over an SB Live.


What options for sound should I set in games if I use the SoundStorm? Like does it have EAX, etc.?


Let me give you a little nugget of gold, 'teach you to fish' as the saying goes :wink: :

www.google.com

With it, in this specific case, you can find information such as here:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/feature_soundstorm.html

and here:
http://www.3dsoundsurge.com/reviews/nForce/


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 6:00 am 
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Thanks. But since I'm in a hurry to get everything up and running optimally, I'll prefer concise users experiences and feedback for now. :wink:


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 6:01 am 
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One4yu2c:

BTW: Thanks for those links. They are indeed helpful! :D


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 6:04 am 
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BTW: How does the SoundStorm compare to other current audio cards? What is it the equivalent of (i.e. Creative cards, etc.)?


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 6:16 am 
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MY order of preference would be:

Audigy 2 ZS
SoundStorm
Audigy
SB Live

You may get some disagreements in that ordering, and I left out other cards because I'm focusing on a gaming rig setup.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 6:18 am 
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Is the SoundStorm more of an Audigy 2 or Audigy 1 equivalent?


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 6:18 am 
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TsunamiZ wrote:
Is the SoundStorm more of an Audigy 2 or Audigy 1 equivalent?


Audigy 1


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 6:21 am 
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Since you placed the SoundStorm above the Audigy 1, does the SoundStorm have slightly better/more features?


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 7:25 am 
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TsunamiZ wrote:
Thanks. But since I'm in a hurry to get everything up and running optimally, I'll prefer concise users experiences and feedback for now. :wink:


Considering just about every time you have a question (several times a day it seems), you start a new thread. You really need to try and narrow it down the questions you can't figure out on your own.

Not trying to be rude or anything, it just makes it harder to help other people.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 7:27 am 
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TsunamiZ wrote:
Since you placed the SoundStorm above the Audigy 1, does the SoundStorm have slightly better/more features?


The reason I would put it above the Audigy 1 is because it:

a) sounds just as good or better
b) is "free"

What speakers do you have?


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 7:47 am 
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The SoundStorm can output Dolby Digital 5.1 on the fly, so you can rock out on your massive home theater system.

I am looking to buy one for that very purpose.

The sound quality is on par with an Audigy 1, IMO.

SoundStorm is superior in every way to a SB Live!.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 9:34 am 
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SomeGuy wrote:
What speakers do you have?


Labtec Pulse 424 2.1 speakers.


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TsunamiZ wrote:
SomeGuy wrote:
What speakers do you have?


Labtec Pulse 424 2.1 speakers.


Your soundcard is going to make little, if any, difference on those speakers. Your next bit of criteria would be CPU utilization, in which staying with your SoundStorm over an SB Live is the wisest choice.

Upgrading to an Audigy 2 ZS would not be worth it unless you also have plans of upgrading your speakers.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 9:47 am 
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I mostly use my Panasonic RP-HT850 headphones for my computer though.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 11:47 am 
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Use the onboard soundstorm.

I forgot about it in my earlier post but One4yu2c is right about the lower CPU utilization for the Soundstorm.

1) lower CPU utilization
2) better sound
3) frees up a PCI slot
4) no extra cost
5) will definitely sound just as good on your speakers or headphones

The list goes on...you dont need the SB Live! in this computer, period :)


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 8:01 pm 
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I have an Asus a7n8x deluxe and I currently am using the onboard Soundstorm with my Klipsch Promedias. I'm personally not really happy with the sound quality. In my opinion my old SB Live Value had a better quality sound. The environmental effects are lackluster and the speaker choices are limited.When I get the extra bread I plan to add a SB Audigy2 ZS.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2004 7:36 am 
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I also have the A7N8X-E with the onboard sound and I haven't installed my SB Live yet. I'm using Logitech Z-640 speakers and there are adequate for playing games and watching DVD's.

I also play electric guitar over the same setup and it sounds great.


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