I saw some of your posts on twitter about audiophiles, and now this one about sound boards.
I’d never noticed how bad is these integrated sound boards. The ones from brazilian Dell computer, sucks. Too much noise.
As a bass guitar player, I used to deal with some professional hardware. I found as a good cost/benefit the M-Audio Fast Track. It’s an external USB recording interface, but works fine as a sound board too. Since then, in all my jobs I carry my external sound board and my Sennheiser phone (the one I can affot is the HD202).
Not too expensive stuff and solve my sound problem at work.
But… to really “appreciate” some sound quality, I really like my home setup. It’s a Technics LP Player (not the MKII, that one from the 70’s) with an old Super-A amplifier and Lando speakers (Lando is a entry-level audiophile hardware manufacturer from Brazil).
I really encourage sound lovers to try some “analogic” stuff.
The right technology for the right job, allways.
The problem is that after you’re used to analogic audio, You’ll hate your old digital setup. And I have some testimonials from non-audiophile people that agreed with me after I did my “blind-test” from analogical and digital.
If you have nice speakers, a good amplifier, you can note the difference
between MP3, CD (or loss less encoding) and analogic, specially in very low frequencies and very high frequencies. The cymbals sound squared in digital sound.
And of course you’ll have clean and non-scratched LP’s to have good quality in analogic audio.