I use the Turtle Beach USB plug-in that is the size and shape of a USB flash drive. Someone actually mentioned it somewhere in the vast expanse of the Laotop DJ thread.George wrote:An external sound card is a must. By the way Lawrence, I heard that you're using some kind of USB thinga-ma-bob. Care to elaborate?Lawrence wrote: However, I slowly gave in when I realized that much of my disdain for MP3 DJs stemmed from poor playback equipment, not so much from poor recordings. Using an external sound card instead of the internal sound card often made up the difference I had perceived.
Most of the sound cards I researched were for computer gaming, and do not produce accurate sound: more "boomy" and synthesized for good explosions than for accurate music. This one not only produces good sound, it is cheaper than most external sound cards (about $30).
I tried the Soundblaster Exigy PCMCIA card, and it not only had that "boomy" sound, but also flaked out several times on me. The Turtle Beach one is simple and easy and has not screwed up yet.
It's available at Comp USA.
Does anyone know of any high-quality sound cards that are made for music, not gaming? It seems odd that most of the more expensive sound cards out there are designed for gamers, not for playing music. (I understand the demand for gaming; I just don't understand why gaming completely controls the market).