Hi, I have deliberately put this in the music discussion forum rather than the hardware forum, in the hope of engaging those of you that actually use a power mac for sound recording. I have been using an MBox Pro 2 / Pro Tools / Audition for recording for quite some time with PC or laptop, but often in the past I did not need that quality. My needs have now changed. I now need better quality, but also portability, and a unit that I can also do my work on or even play games. So I may be buying a Macbook Pro shortly - but I could do without carrying the Mbox stuff round unless it's really needed. So my question is "Is the normal sound chip in the mac pro any better than the stuff you get in a new Dell?" If better, how do you quantify the difference? ...or how do you handle this issue of getting excellent sound without carrying round extra clobber?.. do you change the chip/card Thanks all.