awesome post bro. you said what i couldn’t be bother typing.
you shouldn’t be blaming the audio chip though. i’m almost certain the audio chip will be fine. the issue here is purely the frequency repsonse of the loudspeakers, in that they probably have a terrible range and thus anything over a certain volume pushed thorugh them will just result in pure noise rather than audible sound.
the curve proivided earlier int he thread will compensate for the higher and lower frequencies that the speaker diaphraghm is unable to produce to a degree, but at the end of the day, you are still sjut overloading a tiny speaker with frequencies it can’t even think about producing.
a ten quid sound card will be equally as good at generating frequencies as an a thousand quid audio interface will at the same bitrate and frequency (i know, ive tested a LOT of them and even recorded professionally using the humble line in on integrated motherboard soundcards and my peers were unable to locate a difference). once you hit speaker cable, it’s all about crossover frequency and a diaphraghm’s response curve. if you plug the nc10 into a spectral analyser you would get very near the same curve you would from any sound card. it’s all about the aplification and speakers used.
i have always wished they didnt put speakers in portable computers so people aren’t tempeted to “make do” with them and ultimately come to think crap sound is acceptable.
Honestly, I couldn’t tell you because, as yet, I haven’t played any reference material (or much of anything) through it. I agree, though–motherboard audio has been gotten very good in recent times. Just two years ago the quality still lagged somewhat behind in notebook audio (either that, or my Toshiba notebook used legacy hardware). However, desktop IA from that same period was quite impressive. I guess after a certain point there’s only so many ways to make a sound circuit, and after a while, a standardized, high quality layout gets used more or less everywhere.
Just as an unrelated side note, did you ever notice that words that get censored out with asterisks show up uncensored when you quote the person who posted them? I just saw that when I quoted your post.