sound blaster live 24bit meets all the above criteria
I am looking to upgrade from using the onboard sound from my m10000 motherboard.
I was going to get the X-Fi usb sound card, but after reading around the thread, it seems this sound card has issues with hibernation and also takes alot of CPU power.
So I am wondering if you guys had any alternative recommendations. Preferably something that wont cause any issues during the hibernation/standby processes. I am also running a very low power VIA setup, so low cpu useage is very desirable (is that even possible with a usb soundcard). My setup is very compact, so no room for a PCI sound card.
Yikes...$187 is a big investment. Looks really interesting, but Im not sure if I will notice a significant difference using my car's audio system. Im really interested in trying this out for my laptop + ultimate ears super.fi5/jamo e825/altec lansing mx5021 setup first though.
You guys think I will be able to hear a significant difference, or is this just for the audiophile? Maybe someone can convince me why I should get the Bloat rather than a cheap and simple usb DAC such as this DAC cable:
I will be hooking up my CarPC to my Alpine H700 processor using optical cable. Is it necessary to get the Bloat DAC?
I am using a low end processor, will this USB audio card take up a lot of CPU resource and USB bandwidth?
Why would the bloat use resources? The OS views it as a USB speaker.