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Re: Sound Card Reviews

Post by waxcylinder » Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:44 pm

Gale Andrews wrote: ... I reordered the front page so the devices are in alphabetical order.
Good idea - thanks for that
Gale Andrews wrote:Not really except that the description isn't clear enough because it says it has a headphone input
Oops - I just fixed that :oops:
Gale Andrews wrote: does it have one headphone out and one mic in ...
That's what the specs say on the manufacturer's website:
"Connector Type(s) 1 - USB A (4 pin) Male
Connector Type(s) 2 - 3.5 mm Mini-Jack (3 Position) Female "

(unlike Koz I've never seen one in real life)

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Re: Sound Card Reviews

Post by Gale Andrews » Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:11 pm

kozikowski wrote:Someone needs to see if the iMic has DC offset issues.
From a Google search, no or slight offset:
http://www.baudline.com/solutions/full_ ... index.html
kozikowski wrote:Does the iMic still have a Line-Mic switch?
Yes. So it has one up on Startech if you have a Mac with no audio in.

@Peter, I added Computer Connection: to the front page pro forma as one device has this in its description and I think it's less confusing than talking about 3.5 mm and USB inputs and outputs.



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Re: Sound Card Reviews

Post by Davidgnp » Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:42 am

I see from here that my Edirol UA-1EX which I've used for years has been superseded by the Roland Duo Capture. I mainly use my device to record radio programmes. I do like good quality sound. Is it worth my spending £60 or so to update. Would you recommend?

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Re: Sound Card Reviews

Post by waxcylinder » Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:06 pm

Davidgnp wrote:I see from here that my Edirol UA-1EX which I've used for years has been superseded by the Roland Duo Capture. I mainly use my device to record radio programmes. I do like good quality sound. Is it worth my spending £60 or so to update. Would you recommend?
I suspect not 8-)

My suspicion is that the DAC chip is likely to be exactly the same - when I wrote abut the superseding it was relating to the current commercial offering from Roland, the way they package the device.

I still run my UA-1EX with excellent results.

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Re: Sound Card Reviews

Post by Ken Coburn » Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:03 pm

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD

External USB sound card, 2 channel stereo
Front panel has a volume control, 1/4" headphone output jack and 1/4" microphone input jack. The volume control has no mechanical limit stops and duplicates the function of the on screen volume sliders.
There is a blue power indicator LED on the top of the case near the front panel.
The rear panel contains a phono ground connector, gold plated RCA Line In/Phono jacks, gold plated RCA Line Out jacks, optical Input and Output connectors and a Mini USB port.
The unit contains a dedicated headphone amplifier and an RIAA equalized phono preamp.
Creative claims a S/N ratio of 114 Db, and reviews I have read indicate the device uses high quality DACs.
I purchased the unit because I wanted What U Hear capabilty, portability, and need only 2 channel stereo. The phono preamp was a welcome bonus that allowed me to retire my old preamp.
I am using the unit with Windows 7 and have not yet tried it with Linux.
I have read that headphone volume is somewhat limited because of the 5 volt USB power, but I have not found this to be an issue with my Sony MDR-V6 headphones. The sound quality of the headphone amplifier is excellent.
One review I read laments the exclusion of an equalizer, but software supplied with my unit includes a ten band equalizer

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Re: Sound Card Reviews

Post by Gale Andrews » Fri Sep 19, 2014 10:40 pm

Ken Coburn wrote:Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD
Thanks, Ken. I added a link to your review on the front page of this topic. So, no real cons with this card in your experience?

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Re: Sound Card Reviews

Post by kozikowski » Fri Sep 19, 2014 10:55 pm

Does the iMic still have a Line-Mic switch?

Yes. So it has one up on Startech if you have a Mac with no audio in.
My recollection of this thing is of a rotten, low gain Mic-In coupled with a high-distortion Line-In that overloads easily. It's truly a convenient external version of the average laptop PC audio connection.

I was not particularly picky about using it, but I found it's perfect home in a box in the garage.

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Re: Sound Card Reviews

Post by Gale Andrews » Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:23 pm

kozikowski wrote:
Does the iMic still have a Line-Mic switch?

Yes. So it has one up on Startech if you have a Mac with no audio in.
My recollection of this thing is of a rotten, low gain Mic-In coupled with a high-distortion Line-In that overloads easily. It's truly a convenient external version of the average laptop PC audio connection.
As per the contrary evidence I posted before, not everyone finds that. Experience may vary, perhaps if the USB input is not as "hot" as it might be.

I do have an iMic now but I have not tried it yet.


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Re: Sound Card Reviews

Post by Ken Coburn » Sat Sep 20, 2014 5:12 pm

In my applications, which so far include only LP recording from a Stanton 881S cartridge and a couple of 78 RPM recordings via What U Hear, I have seen no downside. I doubt that I will ever use the Mic input.
The Phono/Line In switch is software actuated.

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Edirol UA4FX

Post by Midiman1962 » Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:57 am

This soundcard works like a dream on a fairly "weak" Laptop
Laptop is 1.3ghz 4 meg ram.
OS is Windows 10
Everything works perfectly with no latency.
i have recorded my band bass and drums very successfully last week in the rehearsal studio.
2x mono recordings with bass panned hard right
drums submixed 4 channels to 1 panned hard left

guitar and vocals overdubbed at home - no issues at all

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