Is a SB Audigy 2 an upgrade?
Recently had a decent find at a recycling center that I use to drop off old eletronics (wife gets mad when I come back with more than I dropped off).
It was a dell dimension 8400 that sacrified itself to be a nice RAM upgrade for my mother's PC and donated its copper heatpipe cooler for a project passively cooled video card. It also happened to have a SB Audigy 2 audio card.
I don't know much about modern audio cards, I've always just used onboard sound. Would this be an upgrade for my HTPC? Any higher audio quality? If I remember correctly there was some issue where, around the transition from XP to Vista, the SB Live 5.1 (that I have several of sitting in a closet) would not work at all with Windows 7, the drivers were incompatible. Not sure if thats the case with the audigy 2.
Is it worth messing around with? Right now I have HTPC audio going over HDMI to the TV, but for music/movie nights, I switch it to the analog signal which goes into my ancient 5.1 reciever.
Main: CyberpowerPC i7-3770K / 16GB / ATI7850 / Win 8.1
HTPC x 6: HDHRprime + ASTC tuners, WMC + Mediabrowser
Server: i5-2300 / 12GB / WS2012 R2 Essentials
Portable: HP DV7 - T6600 / 8GB
Portable 2: ASUS Transformerbook T100A