USB Soundcard Suggestions?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by integlspwr, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. integlspwr macrumors member

    integlspwr

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    I currently have a 2009 Macbook Pro and Logitech Z5400 speakers.

    I use the TOS link out of the MBP for my music.

    Is there a better USB Sound card solution than the Onboard Sound Card?

    Looking to spend no more than $120.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Detrius macrumors 68000

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    Of COURSE there's stuff that's better than the built-in audio functionality, but if you're already using the toslink, then you're getting a digital output, and at that point, the quality of the output is dependent on the quality of the source.

    You've gotten no replies because you've made absolutely no requests. All you asked for was "better," and that's entirely subjective. What are you trying to do that your machine won't?
     
  3. DustinT macrumors 68000

    DustinT

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    Seconded. The tos-link connection is digital so the quality you receive is not really dependent on the sound card. Considering you are already getting 5.1 channel output which is the max possible over that type of interface there's not much reason to upgrade.

    If you were driving an analog devices, ie. headphones, and wanted better sound quality I'd tell you to get a headphone amp. But, I can't see what the $120 would get you.

    If you want to upgrade your system than an SSD is usually the best value for most users.
     

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