It’s surprising just how many people buy a new set of speakers for their computer, in order to try to improve the quality of the sound, but give little thought to the sound card inside the computer. In fact, only a relatively small number of people dare to tinker with the insides of their computer, but in reality buying and installing a new sound card is really not very difficult at all. If you can use a screwdriver to remove a couple of screws, and can change a light bulb, you have all the required skills for installing a new sound card.
Older computers would have almost all of the required components needed for the computer o run, built onto one main circuit board which filled the whole of the floor of the computer itself. This main circuit board is called the motherboard, and the sound you hear used to be created by components which were a part of this main circuit board. Some modern, fairly basic computers still do manage the sound this way, but they are fairly limited in quality.
Most modern computers have a separate circuit board, called a sound card, which plugs in to the end of the motherboard. The sound card manages all of the audio for your computer./ This means more than just making sounds. Both the input, the processing and the output of any audio is managed and controlled by the sound card.
If you have ever played a favourite CD in a cheap stereo system or mp3 player, and then played the same CD in a top of the range hi-fi system, you’ll have noticed how much better the sound quality is. The sound is richer, fuller, and more detailed. The bass notes can be heard, and felt, and the higher notes are clear, rather than distorted. Louder notes are clear, rather than distorted, and overall the piece of music is much better for listening to.
The same is true with the sound on your computer. Of course if you only tend to listen to the odd beep to tell you that you have a new email, then sound may not be terribly important to you. But if you play games, listen to music and watch videos, then you are almost certainly going to prefer toe quality of sound that you are used to hearing on good stereo or hi-fi equipment.
Some people assume that computers simply aren’t capable of replicating high quality sound, as a good stereos sound system could manage. But in truth, a stereo sound system or even hi-fi equipment is little more than a basic computer. A good quality sound card coupled with high quality speakers is more than capable of competing with the very best stereo systems and hi-fi sound systems.
If you think otherwise, you clearly have been used to listening to basic sound cards or built in sound systems on motherboards, and by buying and fitting a new sound card and investing in a good quality set of speakers you’ll be amazed at the difference.
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