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Need external sound card for laptop, help?

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by kelyas, Oct 2, 2013.
  1. KElyas
    I'm not sure if this is the most correct section to post this but my headphone slot has broken on my laptop and so I'm looking for a sound card so I can use headphones on it again as well as to connect to external speakers (which aren't currently connected to an amp, although I may purchase one in the near future). I also want it because the SQ from the existing sound card is pretty poor with the laptop sounding noticeably worse than my mp3 player.
    I was looking at another thread and I think someone was suggesting a portable headphone amplifier, so can this be used? If so it may be used as headphone amp for when I'm out and about, as long as the size doesn't bother me too much (which was a worry when I was thinking about getting one a while back). So this is just for music playback, I don't know what an acceptable amount to budget to set myself would be but I wouldn't want to spend more than I need. I'm looking for
  2. PurpleAngel Contributor
    Fiio E10 USB/DAC/Amp, $75
    Also comes with a line-out for speakers.
  3. KElyas
    Thanks for the reply.  It seems that it doesn't have a built-in battery which makes it difficult for use as a portable amp which I may also want, however this depends on the battery usage rate. So will any portable amp with USB/DAC work. So is it the built-in DAC that replaces the laptop's sound card?
  4. PurpleAngel Contributor
    The Fiio E10 is powered by the USB port, on your laptop.
    Connecting the E10 to the USB port bypass the laptops DAC and uses the E10's DAC chip.

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