Sound card hard limit?

TheChick3n

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I have a C-Media PCI audio card. The software comes with an equalizer. Lately, I have had to lower the levels for frequency 30-120 down more than I normally would have. It used to be fine, Normally, I have them set to 30, 18DB; 60, 16DB; 120, 15DB; 250, 6D; 500, 0; 1K, 1DB; 2K, 3DB; 4K, 10DB; 8K, 11DB; 16K, 6DB.
Are the frequencies too high? What do you recommend? Am I breaking the card? Too little power (I highly doubt that. 520W PSU)? Is there a way to remove the limit? Also, I connect green to headphones and black to speakers. I like to have bass. Thanks in advance..
 
you mention that you "have had to" lower the eq. why? is this because you werent getting the bass response you wanted?

keep in mind that just having a downward positive db profile similar to below isnt always ideal. different eq settings sound best for different types of music.
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i listen to alot of bass heavy music (such as dubstep, other electronica and some other normal genres as well) and i've found that i really dont care for a straight downard curving profile. what sounds best to me is something similar to below since it boosts bass but also has enough highs so that everything is not muddled out by the bass. cutting down the mids normally doesnt hurt unless you have some songs which make extensive use of said mids.
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some people might also prefer a U shape high bass high treble low mids type setup.

what eq settings you like and what i like though can be two different animals. its a personal thing and all you can do is try out some ideas to see what you like.

what do you mean are the frequencies to high? (explain why you said this).

you arent going to break the card by changing the equalizer settings.

what do you mean by too little power? (explain this)

you say you have headphones.. which ones? if you are using standard quality headphones this probably isnt an issue... however if you are using some decent cans perhaps your soundcard cannot handle them which would explain the lack of "output" of the headphones. you need to specify what you are using.

why do you have speakers plugged into the black port (which is used for the rear left and right speakers)? you cannot listen to speakers and headphones at the same time (because your ears are covered... not because of a design limitation. when you go to use the speakers only (without headphones) they wont work right (they should be in the green port which is the one used for front speakers).

...in general you need to be alot more descriptive and informative or we really cant give you a definite answer.
 

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Ok. What I meant by frequencies being too high meaning having 30 to 20DB My software says frequencies.Is it too high for the card to take?
(Quick note: I can change what outputs are on and off.)
And I would think that a sound card can take up some power, and I have a GPU that can consume quite some power leaving less power to the sound card. Also, when I mentioned hta I had to lower them, I meant that something on a song just keept getting lower. And foggish like. So when i turned it down some, it will sound better.
 
by frequency to high my guess is that instead of -12/0/+12 you are referring to going up to +20 or +30db? thats not normal from what i've seen.

WHY are you trying to raise the db that much? just raising the db in an eq isnt going to boost your volume of the speakers. all it does is change the relation of bass to treble. you also did not mention what speakers you use. again, you're going to need to be more specific about what you want.

when you push up values on an eq they will be more prominent. meaning if you boost bass (low hertz signals) but lower treble (high hertz signals) you will be left with audio which really kicks hard (thundering bass) but which sounds very muddled since the highs are very subdued (highs are what can give audio clarity while too much bass can make things sound muddy).

an eq like the one i say i use will kick hard for bass but not sound as muddy.

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if that didnt help then you will need to explain it in a different way as i'm having a hard time figuring out what you are talking about.
 

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Actually, I'll upload pictures.
http://prntscr.com/3iy5lg - That's what I normally had it. But for somereason, I have to lower them to..
http://prntscr.com/3iy63e
I have to lower them because it's something about the sound that changes.. Softens.
I use earbuds and sometimes iEdge headphoes.
Speakers.. I don't know the brand. The are just some home speakers.,. That's all I know.
 
what do you mean by softens?

1) are you trying to say that if you have the volume knob set to a static level and dont adjust it that the bass is louder after you lower the eq settings to picture 2 than it is with picture 1?

2) or are you trying to say that the sound is blurred or not as defined. for instance instead of being a short strong sound it was instead spread out over a longer period of time than you think it should be. this could also seem like notes are blendng together instead of being seperated.

which of those is what you mean? (or is it something different?)
 

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different audio recordings have different levels of sound, so for some you may need to change eq settings, and different speakers and headphones have different frequency response. Most cheap sound cards and onboard sound have software equalizers that cause sound to distort when levels are raised too much. instead of increasing sound levels from the 0db, try decreasing sound levels of the mid's while keeping the same eq curve, instead of increasing the treble and bass.
 

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1 is explained best. I do have them set to a static level, but I have to constantly lower them (And sometimes I can raise them) because the sound isn't that defined (As if the volume is turned down slightly then back up when the bass notes are gone) I would like to have them static. Where I don't have to change them that often.
 
by "home speakers" do you mean like ones from a home theater set? (as in... not computer speakers)

also... i'm not sure of the rating on the iedge headphones but they did say pro dj (some knockoff of beats i think it said).

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it could very well be that you are trying to use speakers/headphones which your cheap budget soundcard is not capable of handling. that would definitely explain why the volume lowers (amp in soundcard isnt capable of providing enough output) when you try to crank up the eq.

budget level soundcards (i've never heard of c-media before) often are not all that great and are suitable for pc speakers or low power headphones only. i'm not sure why you would want a c-media set unless you dont have any onboard sound on your pc as the quality really isnt that great most likely.

as for a fix?

see if you can manage to find some more information for us on your headphones (iedge ones) and the speakers you are using. for the headphones look for an ohm rating. for your speakers you need to let us know what kind of speakers they are (pc speakers, satelite speakers, bookshelf units.. etc) and if they are home theater speakers what the wattage and ohm rating is on them. if they are powered speakers (have an AC plug) then you dont need to worry about it.

it might very well be that you may need to use an amplifier or get a different soundcard. i'm not going to say for sure until you verify what the equipment you are using is though.
 

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Heres the card that I have. http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/220837132700?lpid=82
I can't really tell how many ohms. I don't think the box said how many ohms. The speakers are computer speakers. But you can barely hear bass from those so I don't really notice anything with thoes. Its just with headphones. I have considered getting a new better card but the only one's that I hound were PCIe 1x and that slot is covered up by my GPU... It might just be that the card can be outdated. Mother board sound quality: Is just horrible. and I found that card laying around..
Thoes iEdge were really cheap.. Is there possibly a way to "boost" the amp? Replace it? Change it?
 
i'm just not sure of those headphone specs. it says that they work with phones so they shouldnt be hard to drive or cause issues but i cant be sure without knowing the specs.

it could very well be that the headphones are fine and that its just a very poor soundcard which is having troubles on its own with your eq settings (which look a bit too high on the low end to begin with)

no, you wont be able to replace the amp on your soundcard however it could be boosted by using a headphone amplifier. unless i can verify that your headphones need one i will assume that they do NOT and that its just your soundcard being junk. you can read why i wont recommend a headphone amp unless your headphones fit the need for one in the following lines... do read: if your headphones arent hard to drive and are not the issue then a headphone amp can blow your headphones. they are not meant to be used with normal headphones. amplifiers are used for the more powerful sorts of headphones such as "studio headphones" which often arent powered by normal soundcards.

you can buy external soundcards. they connect up via usb and either stick out of your port (the small headphone 2.0 only types) or sit on your desk (the larger better quality ones)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Description=external%20sound%20card&Submit=ENE

i can vouche that most products from creative or asus are pretty decent (well above the absolute cheapest models) however i'm not sure if you want to spend that much. if you go with something from a no-name brand or low end product you could end up in the same boat you are now.

if you cant find specs on your headphones... try playing them from your cell phone or portable device. if they play fine and can hit high volumes and even handle bass well then they dont need to be amped and its probably just a case of a poor soundcard or you going too heavy on the eq settings.
 

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Alright. I want to stick with a PCI sound card. Is there one that you recommend? As long as I have EQ and multi-channel and good quality, I'm fine. Just not too expensive. It's not the headphones. I did try the settings like in picture 2 but... The card couldn't handle that.
 

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i have a problem with Asus sound cards, where much of the processing is done in software, where the creative cards have a lot more hardware processing features. My brain cant understand it, same dsp on most of asus cards with different features turned on or off by software..... But i guess that's my internal processing problem more than it affects the output of sound to the speakers/headphones, as the asus cards get good reviews mostly.
 
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