Internal Speaker Conundrum
Creative Labs Recon3D Fatal1ty sound Card
When I bought my computer I didn't pay any attention to the type of integrated sound card it came with. The machine had sound and that is all I was interested in.
As it turned out the integrated sound card model was pretty good. It even has 7.1 Channel Outputs which means it has surround sound capability.
However I didn't bother plugging in external speakers as I was happy with the sound quality from the internal speaker.
I didn't use sound that often. I would use to to listen to the odd YouTube video clip, or listen to a sound that was part of a website. I was quite happy with this.
However, my son joined a band and wanted to use the family computer to record their songs. We bough some external speakers and it sounded fine to me - better than the internal speaker.
The sound was inherently louder and you could pick up more of the detail with the surround sound capability. I thought my son would be happy with this too....
However, a few months later he complained that the sound quality wasn't up to scratch. He was also watching films and playing games which he said weren't coming out in surround sound.
I couldn't tell the difference if the truth be told - the sound is in the ear of the listener!
He said some of the drum and symbol sounds were distorted on playback and their was a slight hissing sound in the background.
I eventually gave in and for his birthday we bought a Sound blaster recon 3D Fatal1ty Professional Sound Card and Gigaworks T3 speakers.
He was delighted. it didn't take him long to rig it all up and try them out. He says the distortion and hissing sound on his bands playback has gone, and his games/films sound great in true 3D sound.
Again it does sound louder and I suppose crisper when words are spoken, but I can't help but think there is a fine line between the quality of the original internal sound card and speaker and what we have now.