Originally Posted by Sduibek
What?!? My mp3s sound the best they've ever sounded.
If you're using inferior input plugins and other software settings, of course your mp3s will sound bad.
Please, don't turn subjective experience into truth when it isn't
He does have a point, MP3, when downloaded from a unreliable source, you can get some very crappy music, even at higher bit rates, if you rip yourself, or know it was ripped the best way to rip a song into mp3, the quality is very good, but generally speaking, most mp3s you find are not very good.
Edit: Oh and to original poster, stay away from the creative cards, go with the m-audio revolution, it has a lot of good options and the SQ is great, it sounds like you would feel better spending the entire $100 for whatever reason that is, so just grab the revo and be done with it
I'd also highly recommend just working a overtime shift and paying the extra for the emu 1212m