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    Power USB soundcard

    I have a laptop with very bad sound quality. (I use the laptop to connect tot aux-in on my HU). So i want to upgrade my sound on the laptop and i think the best/most common option is to use an external usb soundcard.

    Most usb soundcards need to use external power to operate. But how could i manage this. How can i be able to power the usb soundcard (using sigarette plug?). I am not really into car powering etc.
    I use the sigaretteplug for powering my lilliput & laptop and this all goes well.

    Thanks in advance

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    it all depends on what the wall plug requires....12v, 5v, 3.3v? if it's 12 you can just use the cig plug, or wire it into the car.....
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    So everyone is using a cigarette 12v adapter for powering the soundcard? Im looking for a SB audigy NX2 but it needs external power.

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    not that I am aware of, most people just tap into the cars 12v source by hardwiring into it....or so i thought.....
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    Maybe someone could give some examples of their setup. I want to connect a usb soundcard (probably sb audigy) and some more usb devices. So the usb hub needs to be powered to.

    How to manage all this?

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    again, check the wall plug and see what it says, if it's 12v hard wire it into the car, if it's 5 or 3.3 v, tap into the power supply for the computer
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    The Audigy 2 NX uses 5v. I'm not using it anymore, but when I installed it, I was using the Carnetix CNX-1280 to power it.

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