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Its most likely your sound card. HP is notorious for using extremely cheap components on non essential hardware, such as your soundcard. It is the same way with all 3 of my HP computers.
File format Bit rate tells surprisingly little about quality in the case of mp3 files. There are old encoders where no matter how low you set the compression, there will always be audible artifacts. But LAME and the like have long gotten over this, and properly done 320 kBit mp3 is for listening purposes lossless, just like CDs are. Note anyway that mp3 is ...
For high end production gear, you are going to become very unpopular if you do a lot of buying and returning and the best stores are going to probably charge a restocking fee. Your best bet is probably to use a professional rental place to try the equipment before you buy it.
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