Hi there I know absolutely nothing about sound cards, I have a desktop and like to listen to music mainly on that with Phillips shp-8500 headphones and was wondering whether a dedicated pci sound card would improve my experience, I'm not interested in 7.1 or any of that because the only speakers I ever connect are 2.1 as I have limited space.
I currently use the motherboard sound card: Gigabyte 880ga-ud3h
It's also my main gaming machine.
And a second question does anyone have any experience with the Enermax Dreambass, a usb soundcard for laptops.
On your first point, the headphones look high quality enough to justify the purchase of a soundcard. My standard recommendation is the ASUS Xonar D1/DX [PCI/PCI-E] which goes for about $75. If you need to go cheaper, the next best option is the ASUS Xonar DS/DSX [PCI/PCI-E].
On the second, spec wise, I'd imagine the onboard chipset offers higher quality on your laptop. I know desktop chipsets offer better specs then the Dreambass lists...Don't think its worth a purchase.