ASUS Xonar U3 USB 2.0 Sound Card £14.97 @ Currys PCWorld (RRP around £35)
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ASUS Xonar U3 USB 2.0 Sound Card £14.97 @ Currys PCWorld (RRP around £35)

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Found 20th May 2017
I bought one of these about a year ago to keep a motherboard in use which was having issues with its onboard sound and it's not bad at all.

These were also £17.97 recently but have dropped further it seems.

Same price on Amazon but for Prime members only.

Comes with the usb sound card, usb extension cable and an S/PDIF TOSLINK optical adapter.

More info on the card here: asus.com/us/…U3/
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Appears to work with Volumio on Raspberry Pi too. Reviews are a little mixed generally on the Currys page.
Edited by: "gabesdad" 20th May 2017
Pretty good price for an oldie but goodie, only does 48 kHz/16b.

Review.
Specs.
Drivers for Windows XP through to Windows 10.
Same price from Amazon
Thanks, was looking for a cheap yet decent USB sound card, ordered from Amazon!
What are the advantages of using one when compared to normal sound card in my laptop?
padamowicz93

What are the advantages of using one when compared to normal sound card … What are the advantages of using one when compared to normal sound card in my laptop?


Depends on the audio chip that your laptop has, but often the onboard solution has a decidedly non-flat frequency response curve, see the review I linked above for an example from an Acer 1810TZ; often this is not explored in reviews of laptops as most people don't care. Bottom line, if you tink the sound on your laptop is pants, get a USB sound card.

This Xonar U3, however, doesn't do 24-bit / 192 kHz (only 16-bit / 48 kHz) so has a pretty big limitation with BluRay etc. The Xonar U5 or U7 would, but they're never this cheap.
Many thanks, OP.

Picked one up yesterday to use with my Joggler running Squeezeplay. Works great out of the box. (Just set to external audio in squeezeplay settings).
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