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I’ve been having a lot of trouble deciding what sound card to buy.


I have:

Laptop (Toshiba satellite L300D)

Mixer Behringer Xenyx 1204FX

1x Crown XLS 602 amplifier

2x JBL JRX 125

2x JBL 118SP


I’m looking to get maximum performance from all this equipment, NOTHING ELSE.

I’m not interested in gaming, movies, 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound at this stage I’m not even worried about recording. Just high quality sound.


All this equipment sounds pretty good atm.

I know with a good sound card it will sound even better!

With so many out there I’m becoming confused. I think this card would probably be good:


(Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCI Express Sound Card for Notebooks)


My laptop has an express card slot. So I was hoping to get a card that fits into the express card slot (less stuff to cart around the better) but I would buy an external USB card if I could get much better quality sound than an express card.

(My computer doesn’t have fire wire)


I mainly use my laptop for playing music, mostly MP3 file through my JBL Sound system.


At the moment I go from the 3.5mm ordinary headphone jack on the laptop to 2 RCA, which I then convert to ¼ inch jacks, then plug into the mixer.


Would this sound card be best for me and what I want to do?


If not could someone please recommend something more suitable?


Thanks for taking the time to read about my problems and sorry about the long winded post. I just don’t want to rush into buying a sound card and find out it’s not best for me.


Thanks, Hayden

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Hi, If I were you, I would not be looking at basic/generic pc sound cards.


It will cost you nearly 5x more, but you'll save $100 on the crappy games card.


When it does come to recording, it would be nice to do more than one stereo track at a time with playback in real time, with decent adc-dac's(well, for $500 a lot better than the adc you will get with a games/movie card).


Seeing you have a pretty good mixer, this might do,

ECHO Indigo IO - CardBus (PCMCIA) interface $269

The Indigio IO is a Cardbus (PCMCIA) Pro-audio solution designed specifically for laptops. It boasts 2 x 24bit, 96kHz Analog ins and outs (on 1/8" stereo mini-jacks) and comes complete with a 6 foot audio cable for RCA or 1/4 inch connections.



Here is another usb type, Edirol UA-1EX USB Audio Interface



EMU 0404 $319 pci card, but compare the specs



I am looking at a m-audio delta44 $399 Delta Recording Studio -

A bundle of the M-Audio Delta 1010LT sound, but that is pci.

List Price: $718.90

4beatz Price:$429.00



You could spend more, But until you find out, this is a good starting place


Cheers, Glenn

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