Lately I have been seeing plenty of "What soundcard should I get?" threads. My suggestion? Stop buying soundcards, they suck in my honest opinion. I think in nearly every thread me and a few others recommend an external card. I'm going to explain a little about this magnificent device and why it is awesome. First I'm going to start with the benefits
-USB. Meaning no EMI or annoying static from other components. Great for laptops too! No drivers requried! Just plug-n-play
-Headphone amp AND lineout. Meaning you can use your headphones, or plug in your speakers in the back with 3.5mm
- Sample rate 24-bit/96kHz. I don't feel like explaining this right now because I'm at work but I know you audiophiles will like this.
-Impedance: Supports headphones from 16 to 300 ohms. This means MOST headphones you will use will work just fine.
-+3dB headphone bass boost. This feature is AMAZING! I have yet to turn this feature off. This makes my Koss PortaPro's SUPERFUN.
-Coaxial output. For receivers/speakers? Not a huge A/V person so I'm not entirely sure.
-Small. This thing is small and my package came in a tin can so I consider it easy and portable for travel
-Price. $63.99 on Amazon right now
-High gain is +10dB. This nearly destroyed my ears for a second. +3dB is the low gain which is default. Don't change this unless you know what you are doing.
-When speakers AND headphones are plugged in the audio comes out on BOTH devices. I have yet to test this with Coaxial but I'm assuming this would happen as well.
Main product page: http://fiio.com.cn/p...100000028262517