I can work with either my laptop or my desktop but the laptop is more convenient to relocate beside the stereo. Either way, I have a Soundblaster X51 Surround Pro USB audio card to supplement the onboard sound both units have. The price difference in my market is worth worrying about. Best prices I can find are: Creator at $169, Easy LP at $80 and Music Lab at $40.
I want the best quality in sound capture I can get from an LP plus the best outcome in noise cleanup (hiss-crackle-pop). Is the sound capture and cleanup engine the same in all products with just some extra features added in as you pay more?