Question about compatibility of the SB0710 or SB0950 with the HP Elitebook 8770W (and other models)

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  1. R3n

    R3n Notebook Enthusiast

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    So, I'd like to give my 8770W a upgrade in audio, and instead of going for a cheap USB DAC, I'd like to go with a soundcard. I found the SB0710 and the SB0950, and think those look pretty good. I'd like to go with the SB0710 because it's shorter and has that box that I can connect to it for more outputs. However, I'm worried that because the design of the 8560W/8570W/8760W/8770W has the ExpressCard on a slope below the USB ports, that it might not fully slot in or it might block those ports. Is there a way to determine if it will fit without blocking anything?
     
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    loopster Notebook Guru

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    I dug out my old SB0710 to check the fit. No problem whatsoever. Slides in easily, 2-3mm clearance to the case.
    USB ports stay accessible, standard USB cable plugs no probs, though thick USB dongles might not fit anymore.
     
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    Thanks for trying it out for me. Also, I wonder if you're able to tell any difference between the laptop's IDT audio and the SB0710.
     
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    loopster Notebook Guru

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    I am not much of an audiophile tbh. I got this card used along with a laptop I bought on ebay. It is quite an old piece of hardware
    of what I can tell, think XP/Vista times. Driver is very old 27.08.2009, and I don't know whether there is any complementary software these days for it where you can tinker around any settings.
    Used it two or three times when DJ-ing casually and tested it again now on some mediocre headphones.
    You can definitely tell a difference. Sound is crisper, richer, better separation. Or in other words, replay via IDT sounds a little more swampy/muddled. But how much of a difference which is worth any money, I can't tell.
    I personally wouldn't spend too much on such old hardware, or audio stuff anyway, but then again, I don't know much when it comes to audio, and I suspect on high-end gear, it could probably shine even more.
    Edit: tested a little more wit a lossless FLAC demo file on an external portable stereo Bluetooth speaker with audio jack. You can tell a difference, that's for sure.
     
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    Ok, that's great. I thought the IDT audio sounded lackluster on even my non-audiophile headphones, and I've had some driver audio pitch related issues with the on board audio, so I was looking at external sound cards to use instead. I wonder why HP went with such a terrible audio chipset on such a high end and expensive laptop.

    Edit: I wish HP just went with the ALC898 used in higher end boards around the same time. It just worked when my main system was Z77.
     
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