Friend wants to buy external sound card - suggestions?

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  1. ThomasC

    ThomasC Lead Actor

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    My friend wants to record some stuff to her laptop, but her sound card only has a speaker and microphone input. Any suggestions?
     
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    sound blaster series
     
  3. ZoranM

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    If you buy a Sounblaster Extigy make sure it is a USB 2.0 model. I have an Extigy that is 1.0 USB for my laptop and it's terrible. (for how much it cost and what it promises IMO)

    The bandwidth through USB 1.0 is barely enought to playback MP3z that are decoded at a high bitrate if you are doing anything else on the computer throught the USB slots (ie. mouse). Nevermind trying to pass a true digital signal from say a DVD through the USB port. (cuts out alot)

    If you can get a Extigy USB 2.0 model then I would highly recommend it as it would then be able to do just about everything someone would need for audio capture/playback.

    cheers,

    Zoran
     
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    the M-Audio stuff is pretty good. Better than Soundblaster for sure.

    www.midiman.com
     
  5. JasonALL

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    This review on Toms Hardware of 5 external sound cards was just posted the other day... www(.)tomshardware(.)com/video/20040223/index(.)html

    Remove the "( )"
     
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    yeah theres an external audigy 2 zs thats nice
     
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    Thanks for your help, everyone. I went to the site Jason linked to, and the Creative MP3+ is the one that I'll be recommending. I don't think she needs top-notch quality, just a sound card that'll do a good enough job.
     

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