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#396877 - 09/04/13 11:02 PM New sound card
rcb Offline

Registered: 08/26/13
Posts: 9
Is anybody else using the sound cards from M-audio?

I like to store / play my music and other media with a PC. I guess that technically means I'm using M-80's as computer speakers... lol

Anyway, I wanted an audio output that someone put more than a buck or two into. It was also kind of important in my case to find something that plays well with Linux. So, I got the M-Audio "Audiophile 2496" sound card, which I've been listening to for about 4 hours now.

Needless to say, it does have a really nice, clean sound. It isn't exactly hard to make a DAC that puts out a clean signal at audio frequencies (compared to doing the same with, say, a speaker or power amp).. but there is definitely still a difference vs. most of the other signal sources I have -- including things like the blu-ray player.

So, is anyone else using these cards? For that matter, is anyone else goofy enough to use a Linux PC as the core of their AV system?

#396901 - 09/05/13 08:42 PM Re: New sound card [Re: rcb]
tomtuttle Offline

Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8438
Loc: Tacoma
I've had a couple M-Audio devices. They were brilliant.
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#396905 - 09/05/13 11:13 PM Re: New sound card [Re: rcb]
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Registered: 05/13/02
Posts: 5057
Loc: western canada
I've found that most desktop sound cards haven't changed alot over the years. Some support more/newer types of game coding but for the most part, the sound quality is pretty indistinguishable.
I've used M-Audio in the past and Asus and Creative Labs.
All good stuff.
Some features vary b/w them like type of connectors in and out, surround sound options, etc.

A friend of mine uses a linux setup for all his home entertainment needs and streaming. He loves it.
Surprised why he still bothers to use windows for his main computer.
"Those who preach the myths of audio are ignorant of truth."


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