[CQ-Contest] Sound Card

Joe nss at mwt.net
Mon Nov 24 10:06:17 EST 2014

Greetings everyone.

I'm a major fan of Digital Mode,  well right now the original Digital 
Mode "CW"  But I have seriously thought about doing the more elaborate 
digital modes like  RTTY, PSK, JT  etc. And now with N1MM running some 
recorded Voice messages on SSB.

Recently I finally after 12+ years got a new Computer, A DELL Inspirion 3847
Intel i5-4460  3.2Ghz
PCI slots

Typical sound system motherboard setup.

Except it's CRAP!!!!

My old DELL 12+ years old I have hooked up to a awesome amplified 
speaker system, And it sounds incredible. If there is any distortion at 
all, I can't hear it. At any volume level. And with this speaker system 
I sometime crank it up a LOT and rattle the walls.

I listen to all sorts of streaming audios too like from Radio Stations, 
and or like pandora etc.  and sounds pretty good.

BUT........  and there always is a BUT isn't there?

This new computer sound it is terrible,  distortion? I'd say 50% 
Honestly I have vintage 60's 2 transistor radios that sound better than 
this computer does. At any volume level it is terrible.

I had DELL work on it and everything it is just CRAP I don't dare use it 
to generate digital signals. Or recorded voice messages.

So thats what my question is here guys.

Looking for recommendations for a good sound card for bot amateur radio 
as well as music too.


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