will the fiio e7 work as a usb sound card?
Edited by voodoo do-er - 8/12/12 at 2:59am
It's essentially a USB sound card; that terminology is what is used by people who have more of a background with computers much more than with traditional audiophile gear, but not in the same sense as, say, an SB Extigy or similar products. The E7 only outputs stereo, so if you just need 2ch audio for a speaker or headphone amp, it works; but if what you need in any way needs more than 2channels, you're out of luck - It doesn't have SPDIF output to an HT receiver or 5ch analog output for active 5.1 speakers.
Just in case your motherboard has built-in soundcard with SPDIF output, you can explore other options. Like an entry level HT receiver and passive 5.0 speakers and a subwoofer, or even an entry-level 5ch-simulated soundbar+sub with SPDIF input.
Not much; I got to try it once, thought it was decent enough for the money the owner paid for it (around $75, he probably got it used); couldn't tell much difference between that and the EMU-404 on Grados but the listening I did on both were months apart, so there might have been some details I didn't remember.