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Sound cards no longer necessary on desktops?

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HI,

The three Dell desktops I own (1998 XPS R450, 2002 Dimension 4550, 2004 Dimension 4600) all came with discrete sound cards. But the XPS 8700 I'm considering buying doesn't even offer a sound card as an option. Instead it says it has "Integrated 7.1 with WAVE MAXXAudio 4", which I assume is audio software.Some questions:

Is this typical of current high-end desktops?

Is the hardware side of audio now handled by the CPU (I'm probably getting an i7-4770)?

Does it do it as well (or better) than discrete sound cards used to do it?

Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks

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  • 2004_4600

    HI,

    The three Dell desktops I own (1998 XPS R450, 2002 Dimension 4550, 2004 Dimension 4600) all came with discrete sound cards. But the XPS 8700 I'm considering buying doesn't even offer a sound card as an option. Instead it says it has "Integrated 7.1 with WAVE MAXXAudio 4", which I assume is audio software.Some questions:

    Is this typical of current high-end desktops?

    Is the hardware side of audio now handled by the CPU (I'm probably getting an i7-4770)?

    Does it do it as well (or better) than discrete sound cards used to do it?

    Any info would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    The onboard sound is just as good as a sound cards, in most cases all you need is a good set of speakers. Looking at what you have there, i would not spend out to buy a sound card.

          

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  • Thanks for the info. So you're saying integrated audio has gotten much better since I bought my other three computers. I'm going to take your advice and skip the sound card for now.

  • I am not great at computers, but the sound card (or whatever it is) on the XPS 8700 STINKS! IMHO
    I have Klipsch speakers and they sound terrible! They have always sounded great....until now.
    I am looking for a card now!!
    If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.
    Thanks!

  • The Optional Sound card for the 8700 is a SB1350  Recon 3D.

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=8141031

      70SB135A00002

    I don't know what the audio cable part number for the front panel is.

    The OEM Dell card looks Different from a Generic Soundblaster 1350.

    Creative Labs 70SB135000000 Sound Card Manual

     

    The Dell 70SB135000000 card is designed to work with the built in audio jacks when you get the appropriate cable.

    http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/cs-015851.htm


    Midi is no longer available due to the removal of the standard 15 pin Joystick port.

    The Roland UM-ONE USB midi interface is what I recommend.

    http://www.rolandus.com/products/details/1157/downloads/

     


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  • Thanks for the reply.

    Now, that I know that I need a PCIe card, now I can go find one with a midi in/out.

    Any ideas on a good card for this computer?

    Thank you!

  • The Dell 70SB135000000 card is designed to work with the built in audio jacks when you get the appropriate cable.

    http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/cs-015851.htm


    Midi is no longer available due to the removal of the standard 15 pin Joystick port.

    The Roland UM-ONE USB midi interface is what I recommend.

    http://www.rolandus.com/products/details/1157/downloads/

     


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  • OK! Wow!

    So, I have a Roland TD-11 V Drum Set and I can use this Roland UM-ONE USB midi interface and plug it in to the computer and that's all I need?

    No need for a new sound card?

    This would be great!

    Thank you!!

  • As far as I know a new sound card is not required for Midi.

    http://www.rolandus.com/go/windows_8/

     

    However windows does not come with cakewalk or other midi software.

    http://www.cakewalk.com/Products/SONAR

    http://download.yamaha.com/usb_midi/

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