sound card recommendations
ibm21 at cam.ac.uk
Sun Jan 8 13:10:02 UTC 2006
Florin Andrei wrote:
> Ian Malone wrote:
>>> Sound quality is more important to me than gaming but I
>>> suspect, at my (sub 50UKP) end of the market, I don't get
>>> so much choice.
> True, unfortunately. The low-end audiophile quality brand that works
> with Linux is M-Audio, but you won't find an M-Audio card under $50, not
> first hand anyway.
> But the not-too-old Creative cards are getting good enough even for
> audiophile ears. Don't dismiss them easily.
Fortunately for my wallet I wouldn't call myself an audiophile.
My only two problems with Creative are the lack of optical SPDIF
and that I've never liked their drivers (although that's irrelevant
>>> Most of the lower priced Creative cards are out of the
>>> running by needing an add-on for digital IO (which is
>>> seemingly impossible to get).
> By "digital" you mean optical or copper (SPDIF)?
Optical S/PDIF. I've also got a NetMD minidisc player that I
rarely use these days because of the hassle of using windows
software to put music on it, so having SPDIF would give it a
new lease of life.
> I know that even low-end Creative cards have at least a copper digital
> connector on-board, but I'm not sure if they're both input and output
> (output for sure, but I don't know about input).
>>> Any suggestions (or pointers
>>> to places that have reviews that are more substantial than
>>> lists of features) appreciated.
> Ask on LAU:
Thanks very much.
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