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I want to get a sound card for my laptop.. but as you probably cant do that... (Stupid laptops >_>) is there a USB or some other form of portable sound card I can get?

Now that I got used to good equipment.. I don't want to go back to onboard stuff.
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my apologies, weird double upon edit
Edited by mikeaj - 8/31/12 at 12:09pm
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There are a lot of external sound cards (also a few card that slot into PCMCIA or ExpressCard slots in laptops) that could be used. The majority have USB data input; some take S/PDIF; a few rare ones are FireWire only, or something else.

What do you need? What would you be using it with?

Stereo sound output? (for headphones—and which?—or just speakers only?) Analog outputs for 5.1, 7.1? Microphone input? Multiple mic inputs? Guitar / MIDI / phono inputs? ASIO drivers? EAX support? Simulated surround support? Dolby Headphone? Dolby encoding options?
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Originally Posted by mikeaj View Post

There are a lot of external sound cards (also a few card that slot into PCMCIA or ExpressCard slots in laptops) that could be used. The majority have USB data input; some take S/PDIF; a few rare ones are FireWire only, or something else.
What do you need? What would you be using it with?
Stereo sound output? (for headphones—and which?—or just speakers only?) Analog outputs for 5.1, 7.1? Microphone input? Multiple mic inputs? Guitar / MIDI / phono inputs? ASIO drivers? EAX support? Simulated surround support? Dolby Headphone? Dolby encoding options?

Well,

My laptop is a "Toshiba Satellite L655D-S5050" and I have no idea what slots it does or does not have. I know everything inside and out about Desktops but I know almost nothing on laptops.

I just want it to use my Ultrasone Pro 550's to its potential. Having a microphone input wouldn't be bad either since I am a clan leader and tend to talk a lot on voice chat.

Other then those two, I don't care.
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ASUS Xonar U3. I have 2 of them and they are great with laptops. They only cost like $30 too.
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I'm no audio expert, but it was a night and day comparison from my on-board sound to this guy (was on sale at best buy):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102036&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-NA-_-NA
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I'm no audio expert, but it was a night and day comparison from my on-board sound to this guy (was on sale at best buy):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102036&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-NA-_-NA

To be honest, I have a policy of "If you can buy it at best buy, you can get something better". I don't exactly trust any product that Best Buy carries.
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ASUS Xonar U3. I have 2 of them and they are great with laptops. They only cost like $30 too.

This looks good. Might just get this and upgrade something else on my laptop.

I'll be doing 50% Games 50% Music.
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Quote:
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To be honest, I have a policy of "If you can buy it at best buy, you can get something better". I don't exactly trust any product that Best Buy carries.

Fair enough. I am just letting you know how much better it is than your on-board laptop sound. And seriously best buy is not THAT bad, they sell a lot of reputable brands.
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