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New EPoX Motherboards
jwey Jan-13-01 07:29 AM
Hi Larry,

A quick two questions:

1) I really like EPoX boards and e-mailed them about a concern I have with their new ones; namely, about the fact that they all have on-board audio. They say it is built-in on the South Bridge and can easily be turned off (yeah, right--I guess I'm old fashioned and like my audio on a sound card). Do you think it's a good idea to get one with the on-board audio or should I look at another brand without it?

2) I would like to get a really nice set of computer speakers with sub woofer. Any brands that you might be familiar with and/or could recommend? Thanks. (And thanks again for an EXCELLENT web site).

John


1. RE: New EPoX Motherboards
lbyard Jan-13-01 07:30 PM
In response to message 0
I prefer using expansion boards myself. On board audio on older boards and some more recent poorly designed boards can be a problem (see Advice on buying a Motherboard at http://duxcw.com/digest/guides/buymb/intro.htm). But in the case of the new Epox boards, I wouldn’t worry about the on-board audio. Just turn it off.

I am no expert audiophile, but I really like the Cambridge SoundWorks PCWorks System (http://www.americas.creative.com/speakers/pc/). The system with a small woofer and two satellite speakers produces utterly, unbelievably good sound and only costs $39.99. If you have never heard speakers like these before, you will be amazed that such good sound can come from such small speakers. The one thing one has to be careful about, however, is turn the volume way down when first installing them. Otherwise, they could come on very loud and could cause some damage to the speakers (and/or your ears), in my opinion. And don’t let your friends try to break Champaign glasses with them. I also use the SoundBlaster Live Value sound card. It and the Cambridge SoundWorks five-speaker system (http://www.americas.creative.com/speakers/pc-four-point) plus DVD drive, decoder, and a large monitor will turn your PC into a mini-movie theater (see http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/buildcom/athlon/ath_1.htm). I have the five-speaker system, but would buy the three-speaker system if I had it to do over again; the five-speaker system is a bit too much for my office/shop. I have not looked at the other offerings from Cambridge SoundWorks and there are other soundcard options in the SoundBlaster Live series that you may wish to examine. And then there are the BOSE 901 speakers, which I bought over twenty years ago (when I was audio crazy) and have been gathering dust up in the attic, which will move into my new office/shop as soon as the painting and finish woodwork are completed…. Larry


2. RE: New EPoX Motherboards
jwey Jan-29-01 08:25 AM
In response to message 1
Larry,

I took your advice on the Cambridge SoundWorks speakers and bought a set. Once again, your advice was right on target. These speakers are the most incredible I've heard on a PC--they're even better than my Polk Audio home speakers! Now my question (and problem): I'm running Win 98 1st edition on an EPoX MVP3G-M MB with Soundblaster 64 sound card. When I shut down the computer, it automatically shuts off the power. This would normally be OK, but I get a huge thump through those brand new Cambridge speakers! I've tried going into the BIOS to change the Instant Off to Delay 4 sec. but this didn't work (at least, it still powers off instantly). What do you recommend? Thanks for your help (and especially your advice!).

John Wey


3. RE: New EPoX Motherboards
lbyard Jan-29-01 04:54 PM
In response to message 2
I don’t know if this will help or not, but try Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Information, Tools, System Configuration Utility. General tab, Advanced, Disable Fast Shutdown check box, OK, OK, and Yes to restart Windows. My sound card does not have that problem. Larry

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