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Old 8th December 2007, 11:25 PM   #1
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Default Sound cards for use with laptop

I need some advice urgently as there is a deal going on Dell Vostrol ( low cost end of the Dell line) laptops. I was going to upgrade an old desktop I have to use specifically for speaker design but a laptop makes more sense as it can be used more easily anywhere around the house. This model has sound on the motherboard and I have read on several posts that the sound on most laptops is not up to scratch for the various software we use. Is there a card available that will work through a USB port. What are others using with Laptops. I am interested in products that are available in Australia.

Please don't tell me to get an apple - would love to but can't afford it.
Thanks for any advice, jamikl
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Old 9th December 2007, 12:03 AM   #2
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I would like to see recommendations on this as well. USB, PCMCIA?
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Old 9th December 2007, 12:53 AM   #3
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Old 9th December 2007, 03:01 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replyMJL21193. I will look at that shortly.
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Old 9th December 2007, 06:34 AM   #5
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I have found the built-in sound I/O on newer Dell notebooks, such as my Inspiron 6000 to be quite good for loudspeaker measurements. Low noise and flat FR from 30-18000.

The main limitation is that the mic input is mono only, and therefore not usable for impedance measurements and other applications that require 2-channel input. For that I have used the Creative Xmod USB module which is low noise and flat FR (make sure thee special X-fi features are OFF).
The M-audio Transit is supposed to be one of the better USB adapters.

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Old 9th December 2007, 07:39 AM   #6
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Your best bet is to check the homepage for the program you want to use and see which cards are supported.
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Old 9th December 2007, 09:05 AM   #7
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Here are some things I would look for:

Microphone inputs with phantom power supply
Line inputs
Line outputs
Power supply from USB
NO tone controls
NO windows mixer, but knobs on the "soundcard".

And the following are nice, but not nessecary for loudspeaker measurement:

192 kHz/24 bit sampling
4 channels of output might allow for experiments with software crossovers and eq.
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Old 9th December 2007, 11:17 AM   #8
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What about Dared MP-5 tubed DAC

Dared MP-5


However it's 16/44kHz. There's no reason you can't stick a 24/96kHz though

Otherwise M-Audio or Soundblaster Live! are the other options. But no tubes
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Old 9th December 2007, 01:14 PM   #9
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E-Mu 0202 USB, $125.


Here's a recommendation and a test report.

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Old 10th December 2007, 08:15 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the replies. The E_MU or the M_ Audio transit look like the way to go for me.
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