| | Simple stereo out interface for laptop in a hotel room
Before starting, big cheers for the GS community: the knowledge sharing that goes around here is nothing short of amazing.
On to my question. I need an interface for a windows laptop. The only feature I really need is a high-quality stereo out and headphone out. The purpose is to listen to rough-mixed tracking (while away on work, but not really on the move or in transport, more like "in-hotel-room" - thus the laptop). Either usb or fw, its not important. My budget is capped at about $300.
This is a list of what I understand is out there and seems to me could work:
1. M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB Audio Interface
2. M-Audio Firewire Solo Audio Interface
3. Echo AudioFire2 Compact FireWire Audio Interface
4. Echo Indigo DJ Dual Stereo 24/96 Laptop Cardbus
5. Emu 0404 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface
I am tempted with the Echo Indigo, but the EMU 0404 USB really brags about its sound quality (even though it has features I will never use). Somewhat minimalist is also the Echo Audiofire2 - from a pure output sound quality perspective, is it a big step up from the Indigo?
Am I missing any more reasonable or appropriate options?
Any advice is very much appreciated.