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Old 7th September 2016, 11:52 AM   #1
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Default Looking for soundcard that will fill my needs

Hello,

I am currently making building a new PC for myself. Before, I have been using ESI Juli@ and I had no problems with it, card was perfect for me, but now I have new motherboard that has no PCI slots in it, therfore I cannot use my ESI Juli@ anymore.

I can get ESI Juli@ XTE, but they seem to be out of stock everywhere and discontinued by manufacturer as well. I looked for cards that would fill my needs, but didn't find anything, so I decided to write here.

- Coaxial INPUT (for recording bit-perfect Laserdisc audio),
- RCA INPUT (for digitalizing vinyls),
- RCA OUTPUT (for playback on my Marantz amplifier).

External soundcards would be even better for me if that's possible.

Thank you for your time.
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Old 8th September 2016, 09:51 AM   #2
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External audio interface with native RCA type I/O ports is waste of money.

Just get interface with min;
- 2 x S/PDIF I/O (coax and toslink),
- n x analog I/O + TS/TRS to RCA adapers and
- headphone out port.

IIRC, there are few models out there which does not have build-in MIDI I/O nor MIC pre-amps (which by your query are not needed there). If you pick an USB interface then make sure it's not just bus powered.
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Old 8th September 2016, 07:21 PM   #3
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How about the ART USB Phono Plus PS?

ART Pro Audio

USB Audio class compliant, so needs no drivers. Around a 100$.

Or a bit higher end: the SSB Audio Adicon. German, around a 1000$:

SSB Audio Adicon A2D | The Ear

Also USB Audio class compliant. Special. This is the site of the developer:

DA2USB - Digital Audio to USB Interface
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Old 11th September 2016, 05:07 PM   #4
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External audio interface with native RCA type I/O ports is waste of money.

Just get interface with min;
- 2 x S/PDIF I/O (coax and toslink),
- n x analog I/O + TS/TRS to RCA adapers and
- headphone out port.

IIRC, there are few models out there which does not have build-in MIDI I/O nor MIC pre-amps (which by your query are not needed there). If you pick an USB interface then make sure it's not just bus powered.
Thanks, I guess just TRS I/O will be good as well and it is way more popular nowadays from what I see. Where can I get these TRS<->RCA adapters though?

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How about the ART USB Phono Plus PS?

ART Pro Audio

USB Audio class compliant, so needs no drivers. Around a 100$.

Or a bit higher end: the SSB Audio Adicon. German, around a 1000$:

SSB Audio Adicon A2D | The Ear

Also USB Audio class compliant. Special. This is the site of the developer:

DA2USB - Digital Audio to USB Interface
Thank you for your help. ART USB Phono Plus PS looks very good, but sadly it is only 48kHz. SSB Audio is way too much for my budget and DA2USB is only digital audio unit
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Old 12th September 2016, 08:06 PM   #5
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it would be cheaper for you to buy another mobo with PCI slot in it.
this is what i did for my media center.
the old ESI have fantastic sound and DAC that only the higher end modern soundcards now have.

I was also thinking it was time to upgrade since my esi waveterminal 192M didn't play certain audio formats.

I bought Asus Xonar U7 usb card.
it sounded like crap comparing to the ESI.
what could be so different when playing from the spdif output in both cards??
apparently there is a big difference.
my advice get a new mobo.
what socket is your CPU?
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Old 12th September 2016, 08:10 PM   #6
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Hey,

Thanks for your help, but in the end, I grabbed ASUS Xonar Essence STX II, even though it is missing coaxial in.

Now I am looking for some USB/PCIe interface that will allow me to capture bit-perfect audio through coaxial in at at least 48kHz.
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Old 12th September 2016, 08:25 PM   #7
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congrats on your purchase
that card looks much better than the Xonar U7. better DAC and better audio processor so it might sound better than your old ESI.
the focusrite scarlett 6i6 is a good USB interface that might suit your digital recording needs.
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