PC audio has come a long way since the days of the first PCs, when hearing the bleeps and buzzes of an internal speaker was exciting. Today’s PC audio can supply a theater quality--capable discrete surround-sound experience in clean digital audio fidelity. Let’s consider some audio options.
Is a Sound Card Necessary?
Before high-quality audio was expected to be a standard feature on a personal computer, the only way you could reproduce high-quality digitized audio was via a sound card. However, as motherboard manufacturers like ASUS began to incorporate more features that were once separate add-ons, the need for a dedicated sound card greatly diminished. The motherboard we used to build our computer has exceptional audio that ...