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    USB external sound card?

    i have a epia m-10k and the intergrated sound isn't that good. just isnt loud enough, even with the volumn set all the way up. i've been looking into USB external sound card that doesnt use AC power.

    are any of these good??

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...725301400&rd=1

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...132946123&rd=1

    open to all recommendations.

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    For $84 (w/ mail in rebate), you can get a SoundBlaster Audigy 2 NX (http://www.compuplus.com/insidepage....gle&id=1001544) which IMHO is better than both of those items products you listed).

    EDIT: Sorry, didn't read that part about you wanting it to be self-powered. The audigy will require external power.
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    I am also looking for a good solution for a sound card that does not require a power input, and is good quality. Please help us out.

    Edit: On that Soundblaster I looked at the pictures and it looks like it runs off of 5V not sure as its hard to tell. If it is 5V would it be possible to hook it up to the computers power supply?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rundell
    I am also looking for a good solution for a sound card that does not require a power input, and is good quality. Please help us out.

    Edit: On that Soundblaster I looked at the pictures and it looks like it runs off of 5V not sure as its hard to tell. If it is 5V would it be possible to hook it up to the computers power supply?
    Yes, you can hook the Audigy 2 NX directly to a 5V line of one of your power supply power leads.

    That is exactly how I am powering mine off my 90W OPUS and it works great...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ML430
    Yes, you can hook the Audigy 2 NX directly to a 5V line of one of your power supply power leads.

    That is exactly how I am powering mine off my 90W OPUS and it works great...

    Thanks for the information! I think that is what I'm going to do!

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    Has anyone directly compared the USB MP3+ and the Audigy 2 NX? Is there a significant difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eatyummypuppies
    Has anyone directly compared the USB MP3+ and the Audigy 2 NX? Is there a significant difference?
    He has
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    wow! thanks for the hook up

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    the sonica theater 7.1 is a sweet card if you want surround, the MP3+ is a sweet card if you dont. Ive had them both.

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