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Cheapest USB DAC with/without Headphone Amp for Laptop

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Joined: 10 Oct 2008
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The headphone socket is playing up on my laptop so looking for a solution. I mainly listen to Spotify and MP3’s on it using headphones. I’ve not got loads of spare cash at the moment so looking for a cheap way of improving the sound; so far I’ve researched Fiio equipment which gets a good write up but there are also external sound cards from Creative.

Secondly is a headphone amplifier a worthwhile investment? Again Fiio have a solution but there are quite a few combined systems on eBay from unknown manufactures, anyone tried them?

I’m not looking to spend too much, under £100 definitely,  Fiio does seem to be the best bet but any recommendations?