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Old 10th August 2008, 02:08 PM   #1
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Question soundcards

I'm not sure if this is the right area for my question, but i'll ask anyway.

I'm looking for a soundcard that is good for hifi use, preferably with balanced outputs and the facility for A/D as well.

Can anyone help ?

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Old 10th August 2008, 02:54 PM   #2
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Lynx L22 or TwoB.
RME HDSP9632
EMU 1212M

...all PCI and if you want usb card, go for EMU 0404usb, you won't be disppointed!
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I think these are top of the line souncard. It will probably sound really good.
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Old 10th August 2008, 03:41 PM   #4
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If you go for a PCI soundcard make sure to check PCI level compatibility. The EMU1212 does not work with the newest (level 3) PCI bus.

I am about to buy the 0404usb as it seems good value for money.
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Old 10th August 2008, 10:41 PM   #5
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thanks for the replies, i will check the cards out. I am having a new computer built as my old one won't run the LEAP5/LMS program. So i thought i might as well get a good soundcard and some musicserver software.
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@Gordy

>If you go for a PCI soundcard make sure to check PCI level compatibility.
>The EMU1212 does not work with the newest (level 3) PCI bus.

Interesting; which motherboard did you use for this test ?

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>If you go for a PCI soundcard make sure to check PCI level compatibility.
>The EMU1212 does not work with the newest (level 3) PCI bus.

Interesting; which motherboard did you use for this test ?

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I was interested in purchasing the 1212 and e-mailed EMU to check compatibility with my PC which has only PCI 3. EMU replied, saying that it was not compatible.
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Old 11th August 2008, 08:12 PM   #8
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I'm probably going to get an Echo Falls Audiofire2. It does all you ask for, the only "downside" is that it is external and uses Firewire. If you can ignore the cosmetic issue of an external box, fans claim it is less susceptible to interference being in a shielded case and has a better supply, and the Firewire interface means lowest possible latency which is important for automated (sampling) tests and mic measurements. The whole lot including a Fireware card (if your motherboard doesn't have it already) can be found here for significantly less than 200.
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richie00boy,
i have no problem with external bits 'n' bobs the PAC4 analyzer is bloody ugly and tries to hide in the rack. I don't need a card for measurements as i already use the LMS for that.
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I was interested in purchasing the 1212 and e-mailed EMU to check compatibility with my PC which has only PCI 3. EMU replied, saying that it was not compatible.
Strange. Works fine with my Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L, a recent PCI 1.3 board. I imagine that because they've not tested it, they say it's 'unsupported'.
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