Do all of these new USB headsets even make use of a sound card?

Jumpem

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Do they utilize the motherboard on board sound either? What is putting sound out on USB for a headset?
 

jthomas

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USB headsets act as their own sound card. The circuitry is built into the headset hardware.
 

Jumpem

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USB headsets act as their own sound card. The circuitry is built into the headset hardware.
Interesting.

Are sound cards even popular anymore then? I wonder if gaming oriented motherboards will start to drop including sound components.
 

IdiotInCharge

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Stuff's pretty straightforward.

Most audio work is done by the drivers built into the OS; so your headset has an interface for that software stack and has the digital to analog converter and amplifier for the cans, same as your motherboard (and your phone and...) has.
 
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