Ok, first of all, I’m going to define what a sound card is. A sound card is a separate circuit board that installs into your computer which provides ‘high definition’ 3-D sound for gaming and better quality music output from your speakers or headphones. … So yes, they are worth it! Ok, maybe not if you don’t have speakers or headphones but if you do buy sound cards enough for everyone who wants better audio.
The benefits of having a sound card are vast and many, even if your computer has great audio quality. Many laptops do not include the option of adding a sound card, this actually may be to reduce costs and lower weight by removing components that are not needed. If you have a laptop that has an option for adding a sound card it is definitely worth the little extra money to get better audio!
What does buying a sound card mean?
The main benefit of getting a sound card is that it makes your computer output go from ‘passable’ sound quality to amazing high definition sound that is better than most speakers. Even the small computer speakers most people have to sound impressive compared to normal motherboard audio. You can also decide to buy multiple sound cards and set them up for surround sound which will give you a fully customizable theatre experience from your PC!
If you already have a powerful gaming rig with high definition graphics and amazing CPU speeds, another great benefit of installing a sound card is the 3-D positional audio you get for your games. If you have ever played a game with high-end graphics then you know that it usually has awesome 3-D sound! These are some of the reasons why all gamers should look into buying or building an awesome PC because if you really want to maximize your gaming experience you can’t have average audio.
If you are doing live recording or producing then another great reason to get a sound card is that it will give you amazing audio output for your software allowing you to have almost unlimited options when it comes to editing, mixing and mastering music. Any time an input device is used for recording the sound you want to capture has to go through your computer first. If your computer does not have an amazing sound card then your recording may be affected by distortion, static noise or loss of quality.
Where can I buy a Sound Card?
Now that everyone knows how awesome having a sound card is the next question is where they can buy one. The simplest answer is to google for “Sound Cards” and go through the huge selection of different kinds of sound cards depending on your computer’s requirements. But you shouldn’t just order any old sound cards because they are not all compatible with every computer.
You really need to know what type of inputs and outputs your PC has and what you need to be able to run your speakers. The inputs and outputs on a computer are usually the same as any electronic items because they use the universal standard of 1/8 inch mono cords, but not always! So make sure before you buy a sound card that it supports the types of connections your PC has.
If you want to get better quality sound without having to go through the hassle of dealing with cords then by far the best way to buy a sound card is on the computer itself. Many laptops and desktops come with amazing sound cards if you check around for your specific model of computer.
Another great option when looking for new speakers or headphones is obviously online! There are hundreds of different websites that sell all kinds of sound cards, speakers and headsets. Once again be sure to check what type of connections are needed to work with your specific brand or model because sometimes certain types won’t even fit into the ports on your system!
Here are some final notes about buying a sound card
– Make sure the sound card is compatible with all your PC’s connections (1/8 inch mono cords)
– Make sure you know what type of power supply it uses (Some powered monitors only use USB power and will not work if they need to be plugged in!)
– Think about getting components for surround sound (Never hurts to have more than one speaker!)
– Consider the amount of space you have in your tower for new devices
– Check to see if your computer has a sound card already built-in (Most laptops do not, but all desktops are compatible with installing one)