M Audio Transit / Lexicon Alpha? - diyAudio
Go Back   Home > Forums > Source & Line > PC Based

PC Based Computer music servers, crossovers, and equalization

Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 28th July 2010, 03:18 AM   #1
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Montréal QC
Default M Audio Transit / Lexicon Alpha?

Chaps -

Has anyone A/Bed these? I would like the flexibility that optical offers too, whereas the Lexicon is just limited to USB and thus may be jitter prone .

I have a Macbook Pro (13" Unibody) and intend to use the external devices for audio playback and vinyl ripping...the former more often than the latter though.

L
__________________
http://blog.liammartin.com
  Reply With Quote
Old 29th July 2010, 04:13 PM   #2
diyAudio Member
 
technofreak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Send a message via MSN to technofreak
Hi,

I might be a bit biased, because I have the Lexicon Alpha, but of the two I'd take Lexicon - it has good quality 1/4" balanced ins and outs (as well as RCA outs and 1/8" headphone jack), whereas M-Audio has only 1/8" unbalanced connectors). It also has hardware analog volume control that enables it to be used straight into a power amp - a big plus in my opinion (my system is a simple PC based affair - FLAC in Foobar2000 with ASIO out and some corrective VST EQ, Lexicon Alpha and 10 meters of balanced cables to power amp which drives passively X-overed 3-way speakers). And it's colour goes well with Funktion-One speakers if you happen to have some of these

As for sound quality, I don't think there's much difference between the two, though Alpha does "only" 24/48 (but does it full-duplex). I wouldn't worry too much about jitter.

As build quality goes, Alpha is well-built and sturdy, I have dropped mine several times, tossed it around in a bag among several other pieces of hardware (stands, mics, cables, tools etc), used it outdoors in sub-zero temperatures and in 36 ¤C heat and have no problems. I strongly suggest to update the drivers from their home page, though - I had some strange random bluescreen problems using Foobar2000 and ASIO out but since clean installing Windows + updating drivers (due to changing the HDD in my laptop) I have no anomalies. Or, if you'd like to use a measuring mic with your soundcard, you could choose Lambda or Omega which have +48V phantom power (the only thing I miss sometimes on Alpha).

Another option to consider: EMU 0202
  Reply With Quote
Old 29th July 2010, 11:03 PM   #3
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Montréal QC
I went for the Edirol UA-1EX eventually
__________________
http://blog.liammartin.com
  Reply With Quote
Old 30th July 2010, 12:03 AM   #4
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Montréal QC
I also suppose I should follow up with a 'why' - my phone rang at the time of posting and so I just posted and shot off.

It seems to have solid reviews and is well known for solid ASIO drivers - not ASIO4ALL... actual compatible hardware with Linux, OSX and Windows. The Jury is still out on what OS I'm going to build my media center with but it's looking like XBMC.
__________________
http://blog.liammartin.com
  Reply With Quote
Old 4th August 2010, 02:47 AM   #5
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by Psychobiker View Post
I also suppose I should follow up with a 'why' - my phone rang at the time of posting and so I just posted and shot off.

It seems to have solid reviews and is well known for solid ASIO drivers - not ASIO4ALL... actual compatible hardware with Linux, OSX and Windows. The Jury is still out on what OS I'm going to build my media center with but it's looking like XBMC.
Take a look at SageTV 7. There's a public beta and the community is very strong. The core software isn't free, but it has a very open ApI and a huge number of great extensions and modules are available for it.

It can import xbmc skins too..
  Reply With Quote

Reply


Hide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Which DAC/ADC in M-Audio Transit? timpert Digital Line Level 2 18th June 2009 11:12 AM
WTB: M-Audio Transit glt Swap Meet 1 14th May 2009 02:28 AM
FS M-Audio Transit JohanH Swap Meet 1 31st March 2009 05:09 PM
M-Audio Transit DC offset HiFiNutNut Digital Line Level 4 25th November 2008 07:15 PM
M-Audio transit modification problem nightfire Digital Source 1 18th November 2006 07:45 PM


New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 06:37 PM.


vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright ©1999-2014 diyAudio

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2