the past several months I would rarely experience a sudden loud and inexplicable succession of fast pops from my headphones and monitors. It seems to be gaining in duration and I believe my sound card to be the culprit.
I have an auzentech forte, and I guess I'm looking for possible upgrade options. I don't want to spend any more than $300, I just listen to music about 70% of the time on my headphones (HD555) and 30% on my m-audio BX5-d2.
Would it be best to get another sound card, or some kind of relatively inexpensive dac and/or amp? I've been very keen on having quality affordable audio for my computer, and any help will be very appreciated.