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    Question Looking for best USB sound w/ line in and SPDIF out

    The onboard audio of my m/b can't send line in to spdif out so my radio does not work and can't use line in plugins.

    Now I'm looking for a really good (high end) "XP-Hibernation-safe" USB sound card w/ 1- line in and 1- optical (or coax TTL-level) digital out.
    Any ideas?

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    Phew, thats a tricky one... I had a almost forgot about this guy:

    http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/Transit.html





    Will that work?

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    That could work, but how is the S/Q of the digital out on this one?

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    Quantitative SQ is excellent according to this:

    http://www.learjeff.net/RMAA/results.html

    There is a ton of info about the Transit on this board... you may want to check up on the hiber-ability of the device.

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    Spent a bit of time looking at this myself. What about this one?

    Not much dearer than the Transit and is USB 2.0 not USB 1.1

    http://www.emu.com/products/product....&product=15186

    You got to read the specs carefully, but there are left and right inputs via 1/4" jacks.

    Does not seem to do optical but I don't need that.
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    This are the most usb audio control used in carpc but are expensive

    http://www.terratec.net/en/products/..._USB_2084.html

    or

    http://www.gigasonic.com/motu,USB_Au...terfaces.shtml

    They are used to make all controll like internal routing, delay, elettronics crossover, with a Console program or others vsthost....

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    Thanx for all the tips.
    I don't need DSP/x-over functions (have external DPS for that w/ coax and optical in).
    I need good quality digital out and line in that can be routed to digital out.
    The DMX 6Fire USB look great, I can use the XLR w/ 48v phantom to my RTA microphone and skip the behringer mixer board that I normally use for RTA.
    How about the TerraTec Aureon 5.1 USB MK II? All I need really but kind of sheep.

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    I see now that the DMX min spec are 2ghz amd/intel, I have an atom 330 dual core system (1,66ghz), is that to weak?

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    I beleive those specs are for worst case, IE if you use all of those inputs/outputs. The atom should run it just fine.

    Keep in mind that some of these require a seperate power supply and some are USB bus powered.

    Youre dealing with digital to digital on reputable audio companies, the SQ should be perfect.

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    I went from a PCI X-Fi ExtremeMusic (SPDIF) to onboard Realtek ALC662 (SPDIF) and the SQ is far worse, my only PCI slot is now occupied by a GFX so can't use PCI for sound
    So I don't think SQ on SPDIF is same for all vendors. I would prefer bit perfect SPDIF but not sure if that is achievable on all vendors cards.

    External power can be a problem in a car but its doable.

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