How to achieve decent sound quality on my laptop or PC?
So I have until recently been using a custom built PC (built by a friend) with a really quiet fan and an M audio delta audiophile 2496 to listen to my music through Spotify (plugging my Cambridge Audio amp into the soundcard). This PC has just given up the ghost and now refuses to turn on (it did last 6 years, though!).
I now own one broken PC and two working laptops. I want to achieve the same or better sound quality as I had with my audiophile 2496. What are my options?
1. Buy a new PC and put my audiophile sound card in it
2. Buy some kit to plug into one of my laptops and use that for music
I'm looking to spend at the very most a couple of hundred pounds. I'm just not sure what I'd need to get decent sound quality from my laptop - do I just need a DAC?
Any guidance received with thanks!!