Can A Soundcard Improve The Sound Quality Of Your Headphones?

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I remember the ’90s and early 2000’s when the pcs were using sound cards as a must to provide sound, but now in modern days sound cards are a rare component, heck some people might have no clue what it is.

What is a Sound Card?

A sound card translates digital audio signals to analog ones and vice versa.
So basically it is an external or internal device that offers easily upgraded sound quality, for either your pc or laptop (some other devices too).

They are usually easy to connect to the motherboard via a PCI or PCle card slot. The newer models of Sound cards can also be connected via USB ports.

Who uses a sound card?

You probably expect me to say right now, professional producers, but surprisingly enough it’s gamers.

The major reason why gamers use a dedicated sound card is to reduce CPU usage, so they can benefit from the extra performance. Although, those days most of the dedicated GPUs handled some of the audio load too.

What’s more, they benefit from the improved sound, which is ideal for gamers that use surround sound to help with the footsteps of enemies and where are they located.

Also, those of you that have a desktop setup with studio monitors, headphones, and microphones might benefit hugely from the number of inputs and outputs a sound card provides.

Also, it will gift you with better sound quality, surround sound, and more.

Here’s how a modern gaming external soundcard looks like

Onboard Audio Vs Sound Card:

Long gone are the days when sound cards were a must for any computer user, the audio world now has changed with the arrival of onboard audio.

Simply put modern PCs don’t need a sound card since they come with onboard audio that you will find in the motherboard.

Yet again, the Sound Card still produces better sound quality, audiophiles and professionals would be able to tell.

While you are limited on the motherboard with the onboard audio, the dedicated sound card is a standalone unit that contains and offers more technology.

Let’s find out if you can tell the difference if you were to use a pair of high-end headphones, or studio monitoring headphones.

Can you tell the difference between the onboard audio and dedicated sound card?

No, you can’t unless you use high-end audio devices. It is almost impossible to tell the differences between them.

If you just do basic stuff on your PC, daily computing, web searching, and all that, you are good to go with the onboard audio that comes from the motherboard.

But if you use your computer for heavy tasks like music production or professional gaming/streaming, the dedicated sound card is a great addition that should be on your wish list.

It is feature-packed, and an audiophile probably has the ability to notice the differences.

Nevertheless, you sure will benefit from an external sound card.


So, to answer your question, Yes, a soundcard can improve the sound quality of your headphones.

However, it is really hard to tell the difference.

This is it, folks, hopefully, this article was helpful to you.


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