If you're still plugging your headphones and desktop speakers directily into your computer's headphone jack, but are curious what lies on the other side of the audiophile divide—consider giving this little $39 USB sound card a try.
From the vaults of Brando comes this retro glowing vacuum tube that's actually a little USB sound card.
After a frustrating few months of searching for a solution to the audio problems he encountered while ripping on-screen video with his Dell laptop, a ripten editor discovered that others were experiencing the same issue-and that the problem was not confined to Dell laptops. Apparently, the lack of a sound card Stereo…
The story of Daniel_K vs. Creative reaches a temporary conclusion as Creative reinstates the deleted forum posts by Daniel that helped other users get their sound cards working under Vista. The company did this as a result of angry forum and blog posts (some here as well), mostly all siding with Daniel.
If you don't feel like lugging those 7.1 surround sound speakers everywhere you go, this may be the perfect device for you and your laptop. The USB 7.1 channel sound adapter will emulate a 3D sound environment, includes a mic input and it is no bigger than a couple batteries.