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Hi, i know that desktops have pcie soundcards, is there any for laptops to enhance its speakers?

If there isn't i guess I will have to use a USB Souscard and a good portable speakers? If it really is like this, can someone recommend me a USB and a speaker? My budgrt for the speaker is about 50-65USD.... Please help:o I saw 1 on cnet called X-MiniMax II rated as the best, is it really good? Oh... And a usb soundcard about 50usd.... Thanks...
post #2 of 14
You could always get this:

Logitech z305

I bought one for my laptop when one of its speakers started going. It works great, and surprising sound considering its size.
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How is the sound quality of it? Do I need another soundcard to enhane its sound?
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Creative has laptop/notebook sound cards like the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Notebook. I have one inside my laptop.
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Originally Posted by SkyCloud View Post

How is the sound quality of it? Do I need another soundcard to enhane its sound?

I'm no audiophile, but for the size of it, and the price, I think it has pretty good sound. Loud enough without distortion, some tweaks it has for bass, loudness equalization, and virtual surround.
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this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102036

I'm using one on my desktop because my graphics cards take up all of my pci slots. It sounds waaay better than the on-board sound, not near as good as a full fledged card but what can ya do rolleyes.gif
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@OP

I can't remember the name of it, but there is a program/app that you can download that can 'enhance' your laptop audio. It turns the onboard audio into a virtualized device capable of different things, supposedly even a 'boost' in volume. You might try it and see if it's something you like.

If I can find the link I'll come back and edit ... can't remember right now. redface.gif
    
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this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102036
I'm using one on my desktop because my graphics cards take up all of my pci slots. It sounds waaay better than the on-board sound, not near as good as a full fledged card but what can ya do rolleyes.gif

Heck, screw what I suggested, that looks pretty cool! The only thing is he would still need speaker(s).
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Heck, screw what I suggested, that looks pretty cool! The only thing is he would still need speaker(s).

lol honestly they probably have the same exact internals. One thing about this is he can use it on any computer not just a lappy.

what i really like about it is that it has a switch to go from enhancing desktop speakers to enhancing headphones and of course everything can be adjusted with the program, but i thought the simple switch was nice.

I couldn't believe the virtual surround sound, I started battlefield and i hear this jet flying up behind me, kinda freaked me out lol.
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I bought two of these - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Generation-Capsule-iPhone-Laptop-Speaker/dp/B001UEBN42/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328626751&sr=8-1

Here's a seller's review of the xmi x-mini II - http://youtu.be/5Qa_cqV1zAg

Mine arrived in different packing though - but they are brill for their size :-) Only downside is the sound output is mono - but you could make a cable to split sound between two of them in stereo if you're keen enough. But for portable sound, they are better than most laptop or phone speakers.

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