Audio adapter enquiry

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I'm wanting to get an audio adapter for a Toshiba laptop.
Either USB connecting or PCMCIA or firewire, whatever is available and best.
I find it hard to research this area.  Little is in the stores and the
website isn't very clear on specifics.
I want the ability to have digital audio out, similar to what almost any DVD
has, to connect to a DD5.1, DTS5.1 decoder.  I also want analog stereo line
input for recording from analog sources like a vinyl record player and other
things of that ilk.
Also a headphone plug with volume control would be good.
Anything sufficient for this and not necessarily top of the range would suit
but not cheapest.
There is no SPDIF out available at present and the inbuilt audio adapter has
no SPDIF capability, so I am assuming an external audio adapter could solve

Re: Audio adapter enquiry

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Creative do what you seek.  The soundblaster audigy ZS is a PCMCIA card
(their description, Barry), that supports 7.1 surround sound and features
both Dolby Digital and DTS decoding (unusually on its SPDIF input as well).
Also has mic in, line in, headphone out, SPDIF out, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.1, 6.1
and 7.1 output.  Sound auto reverts to the laptop's internal sound when

For the USB option, the Audigy 2 NX will do the job (needs to be firmware
upgraded from creative site for USB2 - unless they now supply them that
way).  It does pretty well what the ZS does except it will not decode DTS.

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