I clearly remember the good old days, when the lack of a soundcard in the computer meant that our ears were just treated to beeps from the PC speaker, which is rather sad. While my friends would listen to the cacodemons and revenants blasting away in Doom 2, the PC speaker failed to enhance the playability of the game on my behalf. Gone are those days, as virtually every computer comes with a soundcard of sorts right out of the box. If you are looking for something different, then the Asus Xonar U7 would get the job done, with this being a USB external soundcard and headphone amplifier, delivering powerful and clear 114dB SNR audio with USB convenience.
The Asus Xonar U7 will also incorporate a headphone amplifier which boasts of Dolby Home Theater v4 support, in addition to dedicated microphone and volume controls. The Asus Xonar U7 should be a favorite among PC gamers who want nothing better than to give their eardrums a nice workout, and it also goes down well with audiophiles who want to enjoy their music in private.