The Best External Soundcards

Updated March 23, 2017

A sound card allows a computer to produce and record sound. External sound cards are available that connect to a computer through an external device. External cards are convenient because they are easy to install and remove, and don't require the user to access the internal components of the computer. Before purchasing an external sound card, it is best that you research several cards to ensure that you get the best value.

Voyetra Turtle Beach TBS-1120-01 External Sound

This external sound card can easily be connected to any laptop or desktop via a USB connection. It contains Surround Sound that provides users with a crisp and clear listening environment. Using this device, the computer's audio is enhanced. In addition, the card contains a graphic equaliser that enhances the quality of its listening effects. Users may also use the device to connect a desktop or laptop to a home theatre's digital speaker system.

Creative Technology USB Sound Blaster X-Fi 5.1

This affordable external USB card is manufactured by Creative Labs and provides users with great sound quality. Users can connect external speakers to the computer to experience dynamic sound output. Using this card, music CDs and movies can be played with improved sound quality. Users may also watch downloaded movies on their computer and experience cinematic sound. This card is accompanied by a free PowerDVD software download that allows users to install the PowerDVD video player.

Griffin Technology FireWave

The FireWave card is perfect for Mac users. It contains audio ports designed for 3.5mm stereo mini-jacks. This card is small and compact, making it mobile and easier to use. It also contains an extra FireWire port so that other devices can be chained to it. The device connects to the computer's FireWire connection, eliminating the need for extra wires.

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit External

The 24-bit External Sound System can be connected to a laptop or a desktop. It uses a USB connection, which makes it simple to install. The card is accompanied by a software installation disk that contains drivers and multiple media software applications to aid in the use of the card. It includes editing software that can be used to enhance voice recordings.

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