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DYNAMODE USB-SOUND7 7.1-Channel USB Sound Card £3.50 @ Currys
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Supersize your sound with the impressive Dynamode USB-SOUND7 7.1-Channel USB Sound Card. Great for gaming, multimedia and more Ideal if your device is lacking a 3.5 mm jack, the … Read more
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Do these have a sub connection?
99p dlvd ex Chnia from a random bay seller, or £1.89 dlvd ex-UK via UK-based seller ebay.co.uk/itm…463 or few pennies cheaper from non-UK seller shipping ex-UK. Currys will also shift ex-UK at £3.50 dlvd which is handy as it saves an otherwise wasted journey to the store only to be told they can't find the stock that they previously confirmed that you had reserved.
The same rubbish you get from ebay for the same price and less.
ASUS Xonar U3 USB 2.0 Sound Card £14.97 @ Currys PCWorld (RRP around £35)
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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 hav… Read more
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).
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.
What are the advantages of using one when compared to normal sound card in my laptop?
Thanks, was looking for a cheap yet decent USB sound card, ordered from Amazon!
Same price from Amazon
SOUND BLASTER OMNI SURROUND 5.1 USB SOUND CARD £44.99 @ UK.CREATIVE.COM
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USB Sound Card with 600 Ohm Headphone Amp Featuring a built-in dual microphone array for crystal-clear voice communication and customizable SBX Pro Studio audio technologies, and … Read more
"don't want to clutter the inside my PC with an internal sound card." so you'd rather clutter your house with an external one instead?
taras

to the op, how is putting a pci-e card into your pc "cluttering the … to the op, how is putting a pci-e card into your pc "cluttering the inside"? anyhoo each to their own..


It can restrict airflow especially if you have non blower sli.
Internal sound cards (onboard sound as well) can suffer from interference causing humming etc. If you don't have any issues with interference whether or not you will actually experience an upgrade in quality from onboard sound is subjective. The only objective test I've ever seen is this one:

tomshardware.com/rev…tml

Unsurprisingly tests of this kind do not lead to increased advertising revenue.
Wow, they still exist! How does it compare to Gravis Ultrasound? ;-)
£99.99 for the soundblaster e5 too
Can anybody comment on the sound quality of the inbuilt dual mic?
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Numark Party Mix - Starter DJ Controller with Built-In Sound card £54.99 @ amazon (one of today's deals)
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one of Amazon's daily deals today. £79.99+ in other outlets. Ok it's a fairly simple controller but could do more than an old-school turntables and good for learning the basics b… Read more
what does the onboard sound card do? is it just in order to be able to listen to 2 songs at the same time, or is it possible to mix songs without a pc, eg. from a tablet? probably being too optimistic here
Edited by: "alzazira69" 8th Nov 2016
just purchased thanks better get some good headphones for this and to block the wife out now cause she is gunna moan lol.
Edited by: "mannin" 6th Nov 2016
I have djay2 on android will this controller work with it?
Thanks
Really good to have a built in soundcard and software for this price.
Sound Blaster ZxR (High Performance PCIe Sound Card) - £139.99 (Free P&P) - Creative
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The blurb: ====== High Performance PCIe Sound Card ====== The flagship of the ultra high-performance Sound Blaster Z-Series of sound cards, Sound Blaster ZxR elevates the standar… Read more
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Before buying it's worth thinking about what you are buying a dedicated spu for. For gaming and media the sound quality is better, clearer, more defined and the sbk/virtual sound works surprisingly very well on an analogue set of cans with decent drivers or even a decent set of speakers. The zxr isn't a huge upgrade over the zx in all honesty. You will most certainly hear an improve in audio over any motherboard on the market, but you'll most noticeably hear the difference if the volume is set between mid to loud. Also worth noting if you do use a headset that is USB based, you'll be throwing your money away.
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ftoowner

No matter how good audio is on a motherboard it isn't anyway near a … No matter how good audio is on a motherboard it isn't anyway near a dedicated card


I think your research or knowledge is a bit outdated. Try this youtu.be/d1r…sy0.
Good use of metaphors why not actually quote a source.
ftoowner

No matter how good audio is on a motherboard it isn't anyway near a … No matter how good audio is on a motherboard it isn't anyway near a dedicated card



I beg to differ....

eu.msi.com/Mot…tml
It's like saying my CPU has a built in GPU no point buying a GFX card
No matter how good audio is on a motherboard it isn't anyway near a dedicated card
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Asus Xonar U1 Lite White Portable Audio Station/External USB Sound Card £8.94 delivered @ Box
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Seems to be great price. Have seen it on here at £10 in the past and got a lot of heat. Great for laptop use as it cuts out interference noise and outputs nice clean audio with d… Read more
Do you have an extrel USB Soundcard fror Wndows 10

Great for laptop use as it cuts out interference noise and outputs nice … Great for laptop use as it cuts out interference noise and outputs nice clean audio with digital out


If this is fully digital why is the output listed as "Xonar U1 Studio Station Analogue Stereo"?
Received mine this morning, watch out if you're using headphones, even with the system volume on low (3%) it nearly took my head off!

The sound from it is very good, sounds almost as good as my ASUS Xonar DGX PCI-E Audio card on my other system.

It works fine on Linux using Pulseaudio. http://i.imgur.com/56o7IWz.png
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Just what I needed, getting too much hiss/noise from our ballroom setup which is connected to a laptop. This should cut that out according to reviews
Good for playing music using real wires, or for PC with broken sound chip or broken 3.5mm external connector.
CAMBRIDGE  DACMAGIC XS V2 usb Sound card (in store only) £49 @ Richer Sounds
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Got myself one of these today. Retails for 100 quid elswere, so think its a very good deal :) Porduct info https://www.cambridgeaudio.com/products/hifi-and-home-cinema/dacmagic-xs
acholmes2000

If your going to be using a decent set of headphones or linking to a hifi … If your going to be using a decent set of headphones or linking to a hifi maybe but for listening on the commute no the included dac in the G4 is very capable as are most flagship phones.



Yeah I'm going to get a better pair of IEMs as well. Probably a RHA MA750 or HiFiMan RE400A
plath

worth getting if i'm going to use it for spotify premium on my lg g4?



If your going to be using a decent set of headphones or linking to a hifi maybe but for listening on the commute no the included dac in the G4 is very capable as are most flagship phones.
worth getting if i'm going to use it for spotify premium on my lg g4?
rev6

Which one did you get?


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PROZOR DAC Digital £14
I used the spdif port on the back of the pc and it does all the audio coversion on the dac.
Only downside is it won't work on laptops because they dont have that port.
If you want it to work on laptops get one which uses USB input.
mojo5110

I really like the FiiO e10k headphone and amp. Its £62. It also doesn't … I really like the FiiO e10k headphone and amp. Its £62. It also doesn't rely on drivers so you don't have to worry about audio stuff not connecting. It powers 500 ohm headphones which is pretty high resistance. Most dac and amps will be better then the onboard audio. I got a super cheap one for £13 on amazon and it got rid of the strange EMI sound I got. So whatever suits you needs. What inputs do you need? What external do you need? What power do you need it to have?Budget?JK



Which one did you get?
Creative 70SB150000001 Sound Blaster Z PCIe Gaming Sound Card with High Performance Headphone Amp and Beamforming Microphone £44.99 @ Amazon
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Around 60 pounds from what i can remember. Seems like a good deal.
Well took a punt on it and it's turned up today all installed and have to say its better then the d2x. Sound quality is much better and iv'e been using the d2x since it come out even with the unified drivers. The software is pretty good what comes with it too.
Gort1951

I also have the Asus Xonar D2X card with the the crappy interface.The SB … I also have the Asus Xonar D2X card with the the crappy interface.The SB Z is a 4 year old card, so it's nothing new to replace our Asus card.I don't think the card needs changing, it is a good audio card not just for gaming.just needs a better interface. It took a while to sort out the pops years ago.It annoys me that you have to choose gaming/music/movie/hifi. You shouldn't have to that. I hate the interface, it looks 80's and toy like, like Iron-Man PC Mice.


use the unified drivers with the d2x and life is much better especially when you use cpanel instead of the asus panel.


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luis94uk

I'm using Studio speakers 2.0, on occasion but maybe once a week use the … I'm using Studio speakers 2.0, on occasion but maybe once a week use the audio-technica m50x , no idea what passthrough means



Passthrough is when undecoded audio data is passed through to a decoder.
You would have to try it and compare as the difference might be better to you.
Good deal I bought this card for around £65 a year ago. It's very good, recommended
rev6

Yours uses Realtek ALC1150 which isn't bad at all. I guess it really … Yours uses Realtek ALC1150 which isn't bad at all. I guess it really depends what you use. Use headphones directly from the soundcard? Low quality sources? Cheap headphones? Use passthrough a lot?



I'm using Studio speakers 2.0, on occasion but maybe once a week use the audio-technica m50x , no idea what passthrough means
ROCCAT Juke 7.1-Channel USB 2.0 Sound Card £9.97 @ Currys (with Free Delivery)
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I have been planning to buy this for a while. Price dropped from 15£ to 9.97£ now.
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imransaeed

The headphone jack on my laptop is broken. This seems to be a cheap … The headphone jack on my laptop is broken. This seems to be a cheap solution. Additionally, see reply by Wowhats




There are much much cheaper USB sound cards for the money. All this offers is virtual 7.1 surround sound which always sounds awful
OOS.
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lanky78

what does this actually do? it just looks like a fancy headphone socket … what does this actually do? it just looks like a fancy headphone socket with some virtual surround post processing.


The headphone jack on my laptop is broken. This seems to be a cheap solution. Additionally, see reply by Wowhats
lanky78

what does this actually do? it just looks like a fancy headphone socket … what does this actually do? it just looks like a fancy headphone socket with some virtual surround post processing.


The Roccat Juke allows you to transform the audio from your PC to your headphones in fantastic 7.1 sound, allowing you to immerse yourself fully into the virtual surround sound experience.
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what does this actually do? it just looks like a fancy headphone socket with some virtual surround post processing.
Sound Blaster Audigy Rx 7.1 Soundcard - £39.99 (+ min £4 P&P) - Creative Store
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The blurb: --- The Optimal Recording Solution for PCIe Platforms --- Experience the wonders of multi-channel surround sound and create high-quality podcasts! Hardware-accelerated … Read more
BulletRizz

Also if you really needed a sound card, am I right in saying external … Also if you really needed a sound card, am I right in saying external sound cards are better then internal ones, less interference.



Not sure about the interference but I think the Creative Sound Blaster Omni usb sound card, though more expensive is a much more useful buy, better sound, portable to use on any PC or laptop, great connectivity and dual built in high quality mics + quality headphone amp.
Also if you really needed a sound card, am I right in saying external sound cards are better then internal ones, less interference.
Who uses a dedicated sound card these days, other than musicians and audio professionals???
118luke

Aren't these audigy cards ancient? i thought XFi replaced audigy



You're correct the Audigy card used to be the ones they did before X-Fi. But it seems they've gone full circle back to the Audigy line.
118luke

Aren't these audigy cards ancient? i thought XFi replaced audigy



This is a current model of sound card. I think you're thinking of the X-Fi range of sound cards, they're ancient.
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro USB External Sound Card - £47.24 @ Amazon
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I've been looking at external sound cards for a while and not seen this for sale anywhere for less then £60 so a bit geeky but nonetheless a good deal if you're looking for somethi… Read more
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I got a Cambridgeaudio dacmagic xs from richer sounds for £49 in their xmas sale.

Great bit of kit.
I used unofficial and official drivers and had no luck but probably my build glad it works for some because it's a fantastic card
tascheman

I have one of these - great sound card, works fine with Win10 for me. I … I have one of these - great sound card, works fine with Win10 for me. I picked mine up for about £20 a couple of years ago from a PC World clearance bin



See I knew I overpaid at 25
Either way this deal is horrible
£49 from the official site, though I'd be tempted to get the latest Astro MixAmp instead
qalih

I got this!Reason to buy was to get optical sound from a laptop for the … I got this!Reason to buy was to get optical sound from a laptop for the z906. Works well, not used for anything else, paid £45 from Maplin last year.



I know it's a little OT, but I'm commenting purely because I setup a set of Z906s yesterday and think they're fantastic!
Behringer Firewire Audio Interface - £9.90 DV247
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£9.90 if you can collect at store. £4.99 postage. Great price for a decent sound card. Was £56.99.
These go for a lot more on eBay as a rule. Great if you want to mess around with old Macs and makes for a better sounding FireWire powered external soundcard than the cheapie USB dongles that aren't all that much cheaper.
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Jezza67

Nope it's DV247, I purchased a synth from them and low and behold a Euro … Nope it's DV247, I purchased a synth from them and low and behold a Euro PSU with adapter, they are now owned by a European music retailer and all distribution is from Germany.



Seems so - my bad, didn't realise they'd even gone bust!

Shame.
Hifty

I don't think it's so much DV247, more Behringer.I've used DV247 for … I don't think it's so much DV247, more Behringer.I've used DV247 for years and can honestly say they're one of the best companies to deal with in terms of customer service.


Nope it's DV247, I purchased a synth from them and low and behold a Euro PSU with adapter, they are now owned by a European music retailer and all distribution is from Germany.
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Jezza67

The only issue is they ship these from Germany and they have a Euro Power … The only issue is they ship these from Germany and they have a Euro Power Supply, the plug adapter they send is massive, mine sticks out nearly 6" from the wall. This is the second item I've had from DV247 that's got a Euro PSU and Adapter, won't be ordering from them again.



I don't think it's so much DV247, more Behringer.

I've used DV247 for years and can honestly say they're one of the best companies to deal with in terms of customer service.
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RueFondary

AFAIK, this is only compatible with the 32 bit versions of Windows XP and … AFAIK, this is only compatible with the 32 bit versions of Windows XP and 7, and doesn't appear to work with the 64bit versions...



Good shout. Seems to be the case.

Without causing 'that' debate, it's compatible with all versions of OS X.
Creative Store Black Friday Newsletter - Creative
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Creative Store Black Friday Newsletter Offers end 28th Nov URLs in first comment ==== Portable Wireless Speakers ==== Sound Blaster Roar 2 - £129.99 (down from £199.99) - includ… Read more
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Some of these prices do appear to be regular deal prices, as opposed to anything special for Black Friday. Some free items against some of the items though, which aren't normally included.
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==== Portable Wireless Speakers ====
Sound Blaster Roar 2 - £129.99 (down from £199.99) - includes Free Sound Blaster Roar 2 Carry-Bag worth £29.99
uk.creative.com/p/s…r-2

Sound Blaster Roar - £99.99 (down from £179.99) - includes Free Sound Blaster Roar Carry-bag worth £16.99
uk.creative.com/p/s…oar
***** CURRENTLY £85 on Amazon until 4pm (26th Nov) *****
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Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 - £99.99 (down from £249.99) - includes Free Sound BlasterAxx Docking Base worth £49.99
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==== Wireless Modular Speakers with Room Calibration – Limited Stocks! ====
Creative D5xm - £69.99 (down from £279.99)
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Creative D3xm (CLEARANCE) - £59.99 (down from £159.99)
uk.creative.com/p/s…3xm

Creative DSxm - £49.99 (down from £159.99)
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=== Audiophile Headphones ===
Aurvana Gold - £79.99 (down from £179.99)
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Aurvana In-Ear2 Plus - £49.99 (down from £89.99)
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Aurvana Air - £34.99 (down from £169.99)
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=== Sound Blaster Sound Cards ===
Sound Blaster X-Fi HD - £49.99 (down from £89.99)
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Sound Blaster Zx - £79.99 (down from £119.99)
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Sound Blaster E5 - £119.99 (down from £169.99)
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=== Gaming Headsets ===
Sound Blaster Tactic3D Omega Wireless - £59.99 (down from £179.99)
uk.creative.com/p/g…ess

Sound Blaster Tactic3D Wrath Wireless - £49.99 (down from £99.99)
uk.creative.com/p/g…ess

Sound Blaster Recon3D Omega Wireless - £99.99 (down from £209.99) - includes Free Sound Blaster Headset Stand worth £14.99
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ASUS XONAR Essence STX 5.1-Channel PCI Sound Card £109.99 @ Currys
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Please your inner audiophile with the Asus XONAR Essence STX 5.1-Channel PCI Sound Card. With high quality audio response and ample connectivity, it's ideal whether you're listenin… Read more
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I have a Xonar DG that did a very good job till I got an Pioneer AV reciever and now I just send audio through HDMI direct to that.
Voted hot but imo you can get semi professional sound cards at a better price. Sad that most people these days are pleased with laptop speakers...
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Heat. Excellent sound card if you have the speakers or headphones that can take advantage.

I'm currently using the cheap Asus xonar DGX and it's been excellent.
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Zx - £89.99 - Creative Store (UK)
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High Performance PCIe Gaming Sound Card Clad in brilliant red shielding and featuring glowing LED lighting that will be the highlight of any power gaming rig, Sound Blaster Zx is … Read more
FinderOfDeals

A great bit of kit.

Zandana

What advantage do you get over on board sound?



And for plenty of other companies too, I seem to remember a lot of complaining by Asus soundcard users at the time too. From my experience running a X-fi under Vista I'd say they have substantially improved the quality of their programming though, it had none of the issues the 2000/XP drivers had.



Better analogue output quality, lots of technology support - on the fly Dolby Digital/DTS Encoding & headphone virtualization, ASIO drivers, hardware sound processing, external volume control/breakout box, Optical S/PDIF input.

One or two of those you might find on some onboard audio though.

A lot of that stuff are things that you buy if you need them and won't benefit you outside a specific use but things like the external doohicky and better analogue sound quality make this sort of thing appeal to the general PC enthusiast.
What advantage do you get over on board sound?
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Some people really don't like Creative, do they... It's the 2nd deal I've posted that's gone cold when as far as I can tell is a decent saving when comparing with elsewhere. No pleasing some people! :P
not a bad price for a decent sound card.
I would question that if you wanted HQ audio, is an internal sound card really the kit you want?

otherwise would complement a nice black and red rig
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powerbrick

funniest marketing blurb I read in ages.


I guess there's only so much you can say about a sound card that lives inside your PC case at the end of the day
Asus xonar dg 5.1 sound card £14.99 FREE DELIVERY @ Currys
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Same as Amazon deal but this is free delivery. just ordered one for myself :)
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get this the windows 8 drivers work but the sound test and equaliser doesn't work on the GUI. great sound though
drunken_prozac

If you are having trouble with the drivers in Windows 10 I found the … If you are having trouble with the drivers in Windows 10 I found the Windows 8 drivers to work fine from the website.Do not try the Windows 8.1 drivers as these don't work, the Windows 8 ones do




Good to know thanks
If you are having trouble with the drivers in Windows 10 I found the Windows 8 drivers to work fine from the website.
Do not try the Windows 8.1 drivers as these don't work, the Windows 8 ones do
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rev6

C-Media really need to hurry up and release some official support for … C-Media really need to hurry up and release some official support for Windows 10



​Yeah they must've done testing of some sort surely. won't be long
llennyyyy

mine was delivered today, can't wait to give it a bashing (the card!) … mine was delivered today, can't wait to give it a bashing (the card!) tonight. Still £14.99 delivered.



C-Media really need to hurry up and release some official support for Windows 10
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