Decent usb souncard for personal listening?

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    WhoSayReload? Well-Known Member

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    My laptop soundcard is weak so i'm looking for something to get around that, just to listen to tunes on my Senny's and logitech speakers. Any recommendations, looking to spend under 100. Safe.
     
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    Focusrite VRM Box.
    I have it, use it for audio production on the go.
    Sounds good, drivers work, small size, not expensive :)
     
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    I've picked up the Fiio E10K Olympus 2 for about 40 quid, on first listen it's instantly lifted this whole sound up, no more squashed sound. Is it me or is decent sound becoming less of a priority in goods now, the last TV I bought had awful speakers out of the box, and this laptop sounded flat as fuck.
     
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    On the contrary, I believe they're getting better (as technology is less expensive).
    However, you need to make sure you've turned off all "enhancements" for your soundcard, as some manufacturers seem to enable them by default. The absolute worst offender is the "volume normalization" feature, which basically is extreme broadcast style compression/limiting. It's great when watching dodgy amateur recordings from mobile phones on Youtube, but a complete destroyer of music.