Hi! I am interested in doing line-in recordings and I need something portable. After realising that my laptop (using Realtek ALC892) could do only 16bit/192khz recordings, I decided to research more and had the following options. Option 1: Portable Recorder (Zoom H2n) I read that they can do up to 24bit/96khz and very portable. Problem is, a SD card can never hold as much as a laptop. I was a little uncomfortable with it converting all recordings to WAV immediately (unlike the laptop which allows me to record everything in Audacity, which I could then edit and then turn them into FLACs.) Option 2: Laptop with Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro I also noticed that it could do 24bit/96khz. I am considering it as it allows me to record everything in Audacity, which I could then edit and then turn them into FLACs (unlike option 1). But I am hearing reports that Creative is getting bad to worse...? Option 3: Laptop with ALC892, using Microsoft's drivers Based on this thread elsewhere that I have just read, I realised that my laptop could actually do 24bit/192khz recordings, but required me to lose the usage of some of my onboard speakers after changing to Microsoft's drivers. Hence, what I really need help in is knowing which option provides the best quality. Or rather, am I making sense in deciding these (still quite new to the audio scene here) Thanks! PS: If there is any portable DAC that has USB output, that will be excellent as I am considering getting a portable amp/DAC too.