Some Sound cards have been tested and benchmarked for use with Shakti. You should see
if you have one of these. If you do, you can set the volume by hand, making your setup more exact. In general,
desktops are better than laptops, and sound devices that are built into motherboards are not as good as the ones
that install into their own slot on the motherboard. Nearly all sound cards are good enough for Shakti.
The 'best' card for Shakti is simply a good one. The kind that plug into your motherboard are better than the ones
that are integrated into the motherboard. The recommended brand is Sound Blaster, from Creative labs. This is because
all Sound Blaster sound cards are calibrated - they all have the same maximum outputs. Used but fully functional
ones can be obtained very inexpensively from eBay. These are very common
devices, and they always have the model number printed on the card, so it's easy to find the drivers for them online.
If you have a laptop, the best ones are USB devices made by creative labs, or
other trusted sound card manufacturers. These cost a bit more than the generic ones, but they're worth it, both
for Shakti and your music enjoyment.