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Old 08-21-2008, 06:50 PM   #1
 
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Default Laptop soundcards

I use my laptop as a music source in a second system. I have noticed that the line out from the on-board soundcard is noisy as all get out.

What options do I have for an external, USB, or PCMCIA card that won't break the bank and not be as noisy.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

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Old 08-22-2008, 11:04 PM   #2
 
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Normally I would never recommend Behringer. However, I have a UCA202 USB interface that I use periodically and I actually think it sound alright.

I believe they are $30 ish.

http://www.behringer.com/UCA202/index.cfm?lang=ENG

http://www.fullcompass.com/product/316870.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Interface.html
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Old 08-23-2008, 04:06 AM   #3
 
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Ended up ordering this.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829128004

Seems like a decent product for the money and the reviews seem to suggest that it works.

So, we'll see.

I did like your suggestion though. How does it sound?
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I am pretty particular with everything I use and I have been happy with it. I got mine for free since a lot of their mixers come with the adapter included, the customer didn't want it so yoint it's mine.

I actually do a lot of my 'testing' with it. I never put too much salt in the numbers since my ears don't hear numbers anyway. But, IMO they sound pretty good.
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Old 08-23-2008, 04:38 AM   #5
 
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I use a Creative Audigy 2NX as my external SC and it seems to work OK, I'm sure it's nowhere near as good as I could get but I had it laying around, so already paid for works vs. having to buy something new for now

If you want to get nutty with computer audio, the guys over on the Computer Audio asylum on audioasylum.com get pretty serious (read: crazy) about it
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Didn't check there. Thanks for the tips.
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Ended up ordering this.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829128004

Seems like a decent product for the money and the reviews seem to suggest that it works.

So, we'll see.

I did like your suggestion though. How does it sound?

Didn't fix the problem, so sending it back. Plus it sounded worse than the on-board with all of the "processing" it does.

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Old 09-29-2008, 08:28 PM   #8
 
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HippoHifi bloat.... Will set you back about 200for the standard version, but well worth it!

www.hippohifi.com
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Old 11-18-2008, 04:14 AM   #9
 
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Default Re: Laptop soundcards

I primarily use my laptop for response measurements, so my requirements might be a little higher than yours.

The pro-sound stuff works well for me. I tried the Behringer, but as it did not measure flat enough to do frequency response testing with, I went with the Emu 0202. I still use the behringer - just not for measurements.

I have also heard good things about Maudio gear, particularly the Transit.

When I was shopping, I got the Emu for less than the Transit, which is the reason I picked it up.
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Old 11-18-2008, 03:33 PM   #10
 
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Thanks for the info. I have always been interested in the Emu.
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