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After doing a search for the subject and considering sound cards – if it be an usb or an internal card, I still haven’t determined for sure which route to take.
But did find some pros and cons to each.. which I’ll try to briefly summarize (I wish I bookmarked some of those pages now)
For example, consensus is, when it comes to laptops, they generally have a lower quality of audio output than most desktop units. And there are several references that using the earphone jack of a laptop in particular as a sound source is sub-par — not so much the jack itself, but more so the guts of laptop sound circuits themself, with further degradation of the sound quality occurring from electrical interference caused due to the tight construction of components in a laptop.
Suggested also is that desktop computers almost always have better sound cards than a laptop, but they are also hindered by interference from the computers inter-workings such as video card interference and other noise.. and advises to always move your audio card as far down from your video card as possible.
And almost exclusively, everyone from forum posters on music forums, to product reviewers, as well as more technically inclined articles all seem to say that the best sound from any computer can be achieved by using an external usb sound card as opposed to internal, because it is isolated from the interference going on inside the cabinet.
But one drawback to an external usb soundcard is that it tends to use more of your processing power. Seems there was also another disadvantage mentioned , but I can’t recall what it was.
By the way.. I use a usb mouse on my desktop, and I don’t know if this ever happens to anyone else, but occasionally all of the sudden my mouse will just quit working – and it’s always a quick easy fix.. I just pull the mouse usb out and put it back in again and that takes care of it.. but I would hate something like that to happen if I was using the usb for my sound output, and it just quit! especially if I wasn’t there! Dead air!
But the bottom line, if you do some googling yourself, I think you will find that the evidence point to that fact that the best sound output of any computer is almost exclusively achieved by using an external sound device.
Speaking for myself, I don’t know, I don’t have the technical know how to realistically debate about it, my comments just reflect what I searched out.