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A substantial upgrade over the stock laptop soundcard for very little money (~$15)

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Muse Audio X5 Mini PCM2704 USB Sound Card

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Pros: Good soundstage, improved resolution over stock laptop soundcard, cheap, very good build quality

Cons: Slight background hiss, the white USB cable provided does not match the black housing I got

This little DAC is a definite upgrade over the on-board sound card on my laptop. When listening to my Westone 3s on it, the soundstage is wider and deeper, there is greater resolution in the higher frequencies, and the bass has more impact. Thing's built very nicely too, with an all-aluminum housing. There can be a bit of background hiss on more sensitive headphones/earphones; but then again, it's $15 and it's no worse than the laptop soundcard. I don't know what more to say other than the fact that it gave a noticeable improvement for $15, hard to argue with that!

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