Laptop sound cards are often complete junk. So, if you need to actually use your computer's audio output for something the demands crisp clear sound, you need an external solution—and Apogee's new external digital-to-analog converter could do the trick.
Apple showed everyone how GarageBand for iPad can teach non-players how to strum like a pro, but if you've already got a guitar (and the skills), this $99 Apogee JAM studio-quality input can connect the two together.
I'm impressed: Apogee's new HDMI adapter will put any kind of high definition sources right inside your iMac 27-inch 2560 x 1440-pixel screen, including Blu-ray players, Xbox 360, and PS3. How is this sorcery possible?
Frustratingly, Mini DisplayPort doesn't include audio, so to get sound when outputting to an HDTV using HDMI, you'd need to use yet another cable. This adapter uses USB for audio, so you get the full A/V with just one cable.
Here's a nice one for Mac-using amateur musicians: Apogee's ONE is a multifunctional handheld device that features a built-in mic, preamp, and dedicated input/output. It works over USB and is designed for Garage Band, Final Cut and the like.