Did you know that if you don’t have a good audio card in your computer, your music probably sounds really bad? I’ve always wondered what was causing the drastic sound difference between the music coming from my phone or music player and the music coming from my computer. It’s that my computer wasn’t made to play music.
I think a lot of people try to upgrade their speakers when their music sounds weird on their computers. We’ve been doing that for years. It probably started with the stereos we had in our bedrooms and then led to our cars. “Man, if I get bigger speakers, I’ll get louder and better sound.” Unfortunately, that’s like saying that if you get a bigger car, you’ll be able to drive faster. If you got that bigger car, you’d realize that it’s the engine that makes the car fast, not the size of the car.
The same is true when it comes to computers. It’s not the size of the speakers of the quality of the audio file, it’s the engine that pushes both – the audio card. But most people don’t think of audio cards when it comes time to buy a computer. All they want to know is if they can connect to Facebook (my attempt at bad humor). It’s true though. Can we get online? Yes? Okay – sold.
But what about the rest of our computer lives? What about all the tunes we enjoy listening to as we’re working or cooking or just doing nothing around the house? I mean, the computer’s there – just sitting there. Shouldn’t it, at the very least, be able to produce clear sounding music?
If you’re like me, you probably don’t feel like upgrading your computer sound card. That’s a real hassle. There is something that you can do though that’s relatively inexpensive that can imitate a good sound card – allegedly. And that’s an external sound card. They come as USB or ExpressCard versions. I think they also come wireless, but I’m not sure.
I was going to wait to purchase my new Dell multimedia laptop to get better sounding music, but I think I’m just going to pick up the “Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Go! Pro USB Audio System with THX SB1290” in the meantime. After I get the laptop, I can just easily switch this to one of our other computers. I’m hoping this one performs as promises because people are saying it really delivers.
Have you ever used an external sound card? If so, what do you think of it?