I have slowly but surly given up to the growing trend of computers with music but the harshness off trebble is putting me off. I have installed SRS sandbox on my computer but still lack the dynamics and emotion of music that mp3 produces. I have decided that an external DAC will be able sort this out but which one. e-bay offers a couple from china but what are they like or should i go with my own country.
MP3, that was the technology for 90s. With storage devices' prices hitting the floor, its better to get a bigger hard drive and have raw wave or at least lossless files.
Another thing you could do is, get a dedicated card. There are many that do decent sound cards. Please remember, a laptop playing MP3s using an on-board soundcard is NOT an alternate to a dedicated hi-fi (that would be taking it a little too far).
All chinese products are not bad. But you could do with tried and tested Baresford. Many forummers here heed that DAC in good regard.