Originally Posted by ota.dt.man
Our 17" laptop came equipped with Realtek High Definition Audio and Intel Display Audio. Should we use USB or analog? Thanks
I was referring to the output of the sound card via analog. Alot of people use toslink as well, neither sounds better than the other in my own testing.
USB speakers are terrible and become a USB sound card. Realtek chipsets arent bad, they just arent audiophile chips. You could use an external dac via USB if you want no processing by your sound card. Otherwise your laptop sound card will sound fine as analog out.
I have my older swan m10s hooked up to the dell laptop and play flac encoded music and ite sounds nice. Now here's the kicker for me...
My laptop is a dell vostro 3700 with a IDT sound chipset. I have a realtek setup in my other laptop which is a HP. IDTs aren't as punchier as realtek's sound. I also noticed using an unbalanced cable on the dell to my mixer, I pick up a lot of noise for a 3 foot cable. Updating the driver helped,but ultimately I had to go from a 3.5mm to xlr cable to kill the noise I was getting. I can use a 6 foot analog cable which is 3.5mm to dual rca's with no issues on the laptop with the realtek.