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My internal sound card has enough noise to be annoying when listening to music, so I'm going to get an external one. Other than number of channels, what features are good to have. I don't need >2.1 channels. A microphone input might be helpful for Skype, etc. Anything else that is good to have?

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closed as off topic by Benjamin Bannier, Not Kyle stop stalking me, studiohack Mar 4 '11 at 15:34

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

Here's what a colegue said:

  • OS support
  • Volume dial on it is handy
  • Mute button too
  • Reviews on Amazon, especially looking for anyone reporting noise issue
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