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Chapter 3. Getting and Playing MP3 Files > Equipment Considerations

3.5. Equipment Considerations

This book assumes that you already have basic audio working on your machine, but since you may be about to start listening to real music through your computer on a regular basis, you may want to invest a little time and/or money into making sure you're getting the highest quality possible from your system.

3.5.1. Sound Cards

Most computers sold today ship with sound cards preinstalled and configured, but the cards in many discount and mid-range machines leave something to be desired from an audiophile perspective. Because the sound card is a fundamental bridge between what goes on in software and what ends up in your ears, it pays to make sure you've got a good one—overall quality can be drastically affected by the quality of your audio device.


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