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Best portable USB sound card?

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I was wondering if anyone can suggest the best portable usb sound card for my laptop? I prefer it be as small as the X-Fi GO, but i heard that there is often a static problem involved with that sound card. Any suggestions? (preferably usb stick sized like the x-fi go). It will be mainly used to listen to music and watch online shows.

 

- Thank you

post #2 of 4

The Audioquest Dragonfly produces very impressive sound for its size. Could be a bit over your budget though.

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i was looking for one below 50 dollars :(

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I think Creative made a pc card slot soundcard, and there are a few USB soundcards in your price range, but I think only the Asus Xonar U3 is the same form-factor as Creative's X-Fi Go! If you already have the X-Fi Go!, I read a passing reference that you get less static when you use a USB cable to connect the DAC instead of plugging it straight in.

Overall though, I don't think you can get great static-free sound out of a less than $50 DAC the size of the U3 and Go! If I'm wrong and you find something, let me know! Meanwhile, I'm happy with my Recon3D sound processor, it's portable enough for me and it was on sale last week for $69 shipped. Maybe it will go on sale again at some point, perhaps you put a price alert on it and save up till you can afford it? Head-Fi'er NamelessPFG might sell his. Here's my review:

http://www.head-fi.org/products/creative-sound-blaster-recon3d-thx-usb-external-sound-enhancer-for-pc-ps3-xbox-360-and-mac-sb1300/reviews/7395
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