<br><div><span class="gmail_quote"></span><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">If you want to go<br>hardcore, you might want to look at external USB/Firewire-soundcards.
</blockquote><div><br>Yes, I hear very good things about the developments in Linux compatibility of Firewire based cards. This page might be worth some atention;<br><a href="http://freebob.sourceforge.net/index.php/Main_Page">
http://freebob.sourceforge.net/index.php/Main_Page</a><br><br>You might also be interested in this page on Alsa compatibility;<br><a href="http://www.alsa-project.org/alsa-doc/">http://www.alsa-project.org/alsa-doc/</a><br>
</div><br><br>In general I think that provided finances and space in laptop-bags can accomodate one nobody will regret going from a buil-in card to a pro or "prosumer" card. Latency aside there is a lot of difference in sound quality.