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Original Message 1/7             07-May-04  @  12:00 PM     Edit: 10-May-15  |  11:56 PM   -   usb audiocards comparison

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Hi all,
I need soundcard with headphone output, a pair of analog i/o and midi interface. For the moment i do not need any mic pre amps etc.
Right now i am using a desctop PC with a m-audio audiophile 2496 PCI card. I am quite happy with that but i really need a headphone output. In addition since i am probably going to buy a laptop in the not too distant future i am considering a usb audio card. How do these cards compare? Any reviews and comparisons would be greatly appreciated:

Novation SpeedIO, M-audio Audiophile USB, Tascam us-122

I would also consider a PCI card if it is going to be much cheaper than the above and have a good headphone output.
thanks in advance for your advice.
andreas



 



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Message 2/7             07-May-04  @  12:36 PM   -   RE: usb audiocards comparison

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I've used the tascam and it was ok... however, it can have pops and crackles if not working ok like all these devices. - overall it was ok, the direct monitoring worked good in SX2, good indicator lamps etc. fairly robust.

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Message 3/7             07-May-04  @  02:41 PM     Edit: 11-May-15  |  12:00 AM   -   RE: usb audiocards comparison

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How about the PCI card HOONTECH DSP 24 VALUE. Does it have a headphone output?
 



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Message 4/7             07-May-04  @  02:42 PM     Edit: 10-May-15  |  11:59 PM   -   RE: usb audiocards comparison

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just realised it doesn have any midi i/o...
 



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Message 5/7             08-May-04  @  10:03 AM   -   RE: usb audiocards comparison

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nope - but you cant use that with a lappy - I'm confused you say PCI cards but also that it's a laptop. I cant see you'll get phones out on a stereo cheap card

http://www.dancetech.com/aa_dt_new/hardware/item.cfm?threadid=2662&lang=0

that one comes WITH the midi bracket - the Value version DSP24/96 from Hoontech also has a minijack OUT as well as the stereo RCA i/o's - this appears in the driver listinsg as a dedicated port - so you could mebbe route that as your headphone OUT but you'd need to send it to some sort of headphone box with a socket.

But there is the other qiestion - what do you want to use the headphones for?


the host s/w might not have the ability to route to the other output if the main outs are used as asio driver allocated in the host. - there is a mixer applet that comes with the card tho whoich has cable routing ability for a few different configs.

I've installed alot of those cards, but dont actualy own one so I haven't one to test this - but if i remember right it's the same panel as the next cards up in the range - you can mebbe connect the EXTERNAL MIXER to the main stereo OUT and you'd get a mirror of the main out going to the mini-jack out also. - otherwise the main stereo out driver port is connected direct to the physical RCA outs. You'd have to ask a regular user - Dingo & Sox both use it.



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Message 6/7             08-May-04  @  04:12 PM     Edit: 10-May-15  |  11:58 PM   -   RE: usb audiocards comparison

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Well i actually need a headphone output cause which my PCI audiophile lacks. Now i can go for a PCI or a usb card. But since i might buy a laptop in the near future the usb version seems like a good idea. But i would not dismiss the idea of a PCI card as a temporary solution if that is much cheaper than the usb one. hope it makes sense now! i am gearing towards the audiophile usb card.
 



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Message 7/7             24-May-04  @  11:15 AM   -   RE: usb audiocards comparison

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well couldnt you get some sort of small headphone adapter box to connect to the audiophile OUT's?



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