Best digital and 2 channel out soundcard

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  1. Urotsukidoji

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    I am looking for a soundcard that can output high quality 2-channel analogue and high quality low jitter digital.

    Can anyone help? :lease:
     
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    just to get things started...

    I've got an MAudio Delta 2496, which I'm very happy with.
    The breakout adapter for the SPDIF is a bit naff, but I replaced mine with a custom job from Mark Grant Cables

    The analog outputs seem fine , although admittedly I don't use them much..
     
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    One of the RME cards would fit the bill nicely.
     
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    Jeff,

    I am having difficulty understanding the RME website. Which card fits my needs?

    Cheers.
     
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    The HDSP9632 is the the one to go for, alternatively the Digi96/8 PAD or PST (older models) are still good and might be available for much less money.
     
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    Indeed I do....an Audiotrak Prodigy 192...it's used solely for digital output to a Perpetual Technologies P1A/P3A Upsampler and Dac combination,which markedly improves the sound quality.

    The best that I'm currently aware of the Lynx cards,and the sound quality of their onboard Dacs is said to be as good as many high end dedicated Dacs,but at quite a price.

    If you do a search on the RME and Lynx cards here,it should bring quite a bit of info back,especially from branxx,who sometimes looks in here,and is very knowledgeable on the topic of PC sound cards.
     
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    I'm going to give an Audiophile 2496 a whirl, if it's no better than my old RME DIGI32 then I should be able to flog it for close to that on eBay. Someone posted recently that the drivers have been improved and that seemed to be the only complaint about M-Audio products. I'll post my findings in a week or so ( hopefully )...

    Cheers

    Simon
     
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    if you go for the 2496 give Mark Grant a shout about getting a breakout cable made up...

    makes an astonishing difference over the standard adapter, I very much doubt you'll be upgrading if you get your hands on one..
     
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    Does the S/PDIF breakout cable make much difference for Dolby Digital/dts ? I'm intending to use the analogue outs for music as the DACs should be better than those in my Denon AVC-A1D.

    Cheers

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    goddamit.... paid £100 for mine.. :rolleyes:


    I use the digiout for music, and the breakout adapter was bettered considerably by Mark's coax, however, I'm using some very good amps and nice speakers too, so it may be fine on other systems..

    I wouldn't imagine you'd notice that much of a difference with movies though..

    The DAC on the card is very good, certainly better than when using the Digi-out to my MF XDAC mk1, though the DAC in my AVR3803 sounds even better to my ears..
     
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    Well I got my Audiophile 2496 yesterday and installed it with none of the famed M-Audio driver problems. Initial impressions are that sound quality is a little better than the RME card it is replacing and for music the analogue out has the edge over S/PDIF to my Denon amplifier. The soundstage seemed to be both better defined and deeper and the bass seemed a little more tuneful. This is only after a first listen and I'll have to give it a little more time before I come to a final conclusion. One thing I have noticed is that the improvement in my system ( Denon AVC-A1D, Epos ES22s and a 500W Adire Audio Tempest based home-made sealed sub ) is small so I don't think I'll be shelling out for a DIG96/PAD or LynxTwo anytime soon.

    Cheers

    Simon
     
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    the rme 9632 is great :)

    CaM
     
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    Never heard of them but I continue to be impressed by my Audiophile 2496, even the misses commented on how distinct multiple vocal tracks sounded on a number of recordings she's familiar with - in her words "Most of the things you spend money on I can't see the point of but this I can". All in all this is definately a worthwhile upgrade and at £62 it's a no brainer. Pay by credit card so you're protected if you're not sure abouth the site.

    Cheers

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    Just as a warning the Audiotrak card I mentioned earlier doesn't work with original win98.As I've just found out :blush:

    Rob
     
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    I have bought several items from Making Waves including a MOTU 896HD and they are really helpful and knowledgable. Delivery was swift and I can recommend them.

    I also use an M-Audio 2496 and it was a great card at £100+ so if you can get it cheaper go for it.

    Rdgs

    JonR
     
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    I have purchased from makingwavesaudio when I puchased my Terratec 24/96 - prompt service and delivery.
     
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    Hi all

    Im looking to buy a sound card too I was almost going to buy an
    M-Audio - Audiophile 2496, till it dawned on me that I need a
    headphone for listening to music on the pc when the wife is watching
    "I'm a Celebrity! Get me out of here"..."Friends"..... etc etc
    And she needs a MIC to chat to her friends on Yahoo / MSN.

    What do you guys advise? I really would like an all in one solution
    and not an external usb unit.

    Pls advise
     
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    oh also I would like to add that....

    There is another sound card which is comparable to the
    M-Audio - Audiophile 2496, price wise & specification,
    it is the E-MU 0404 :
    http://www.emu.com/products/product.asp?product=2220&category=754&maincategory=754


    But again it does'nt have a port for mic / headphone in.

    The main reason why I'm considering a sound card is because I bought a new
    pc, it has the following motherboard : Abit AV8 K8T800 Pro chipset.
    It has all the audio connectivity I need but the onboard sound is terrible.
    Will I still be able to use mic/headphone ports on the Motherboard if i install
    a sound card?

    Cheers, Shaz
     
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    You were doing okay until this bit :D I found the digital side of the A1D to be astonishing. Though I do wonder if the quality control at Denon was quite 'right' during that era as there appears to be a variation in sound across the same models.

    Mike.
     

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