I am looking at getting a USB or fireware external sounbd card for my laptop. At the minute i use the headphone socket on my laptop for making tapes and them come out rather rubbish. I did a google on this but got confused by some of the techno babble they came out with. LOads of the cards i saw where 5.1 surround sound where as all i'm after is stereo output, i also thought about using it for when helping my mate do discos, i could play some tunes direct from my laptop. I have a budget of less than £70 (flexible a bit).