Sound cards are special dedicated computer peripheral devices that aid the input and output of audio with a computer and any other device connected to it. Pixmania provides you with a wide range sound cards to suit your requirements.
Sound cards are special hardware components totally dedicated towards the audio processing of the computer system. These cards are connected to the motherboard of the computer and come with ports for speaker jacks, microphones and headphones jacks as well. They don’t need extra power supply and work on the power supplied by the motherboard. They are most useful for providing good quality sound for movies and game.
What features and brands to look out for?
There are three types of sound cards available in the market. Motherboard Sound Chips are the most affordable sound cards as they come integrated with the motherboards. They come with all the required audio jacks along with other ports that are integrated in the motherboards. Standard sound cards are special expansion cards that connect to one of the slots provided in the motherboards. They have their own processing chip; so in this way, they don’t need the CPU for sound processing and because of these dedicated processing chips, the sound quality they provide is much better than the integrated audio cards. They even provide connectivity with multichannel speaker systems. External sound adapters are small boxes that contain all the features of standard cards but connect to the computer via USB or FireWire expansion slots. They may even come with physical volume knobs for better control on the audio output. Creative is the biggest brand that manufactures top-of-the-line sound cards.
Check compatibility before purchasing
Deciding on the type of sound card you require is a must. If the on-board sound card is enough to fulfil your needs, then there’s no need to spend on a dedicated sound card. Although if you are an audio enthusiast then the on-board sound output may not be satisfactory for you. Compatibility with other components of your computer is also important. Special sound cards dedicated for games or movies should be considered according to your requirements, as they provide the best output possible. If you own a multi-channel speaker system, then you should look for a sound card having all the necessary connections.