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    GWC 5.1 USB "sound card" from newegg.com?

    Hi, I'm a new member to mp3car.com although I've been researching through the site for a while. I'm now in the process of designing a laptop-based carpc and was curious is anyone has any input on this "sound card". While searching the worklogs a week ago a ran across a photo of setup that was using it but I haven't been able to "re-find" it since to ask the guy if the product is any good.

    My initial impression is that the sound quality wont be stellar but that it will serve its purpose (5.1 audio/dedicated bass channel) without really taking away from my non-audiophile listening experience. Any input is appreciated.
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    Jaxon

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829126101
    Compliant with USB audio device class specification V1.0, Compliant with USB HID class specification V1.1, LED indicator for Power (always red)/Playback (flash), Supports Fixed 48KHz sampling rate in analog recording and playback , Supports 6 channels for analog playback in the analog playback mode, Transfer Rate: 1.5/12 Mbps

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    USB sound cards tend to eat up more CPU cycles than onboard or PCI card solutions. Something to consider if you're using a lower-power motherboard/CPU combination like an EPIA.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    I'm working with a HP Pavillion N3350. It has 500ish Mhz, 64ish MB RAM and I'm plannning on running Ubuntu Linux or a lighter distro. The reason I'm looking at the GWC is because of price. Both the PCMCIA and USB SBs are out of my price range.

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    Get a SB Audigy 1 from ebay. I got mine for $28 and some change.

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    I haven't really been able to find any Audigy 1s for sale recently. An Audigy 2 ZS or NX would work, however both are about 30 dollars more expensive then the GWC. I did see someone using the GWC in "show off your project" area and I'm really curious how that worked out for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaxon
    I haven't really been able to find any Audigy 1s for sale recently. An Audigy 2 ZS or NX would work, however both are about 30 dollars more expensive then the GWC. I did see someone using the GWC in "show off your project" area and I'm really curious how that worked out for him.
    Audigy1s are cheap on ebay... for instance:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Creative-Audigy-...QQcmdZViewItem

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0l33l
    Audigy1s are cheap on ebay... for instance:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Creative-Audigy-...QQcmdZViewItem
    However that Audigy is PCI not USB or PCMCIA like I need for a laptop install.
    I'm working on a writing up a worklog to post soon with my research thus far and pictures of the components and car. Maybe the guy using the GWC will look at it and help me out

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    You might also want to check to make sure it is supported in Linux if you have not already. Just in case you haven't thought about it.

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    Thanks Heezer. I have no real evidence that the GWC will in fact work with whatever Linux kernel I end up with. Now I'm just banking on Ubuntu's ability to deal with whatever I through at it. It is "Linux for humans" after all. Is this too optimistic?

    The manufacturer website has this to say:
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    Compliant with USB specification V1.1
    Compliant with USB audio device class specification V1.0
    Compliant with USB HID class specification V1.1
    Plug-and-play operation with Microsoft OS/ Mac OS** default drivers
    Full-duplex playback/recording audio stream without sound card in PC
    LED indicator for Power (always red)/Playback (flash)
    Supports suspend/resume and remote wake-up
    Supports Fixed 48KHz sampling rate in analog recording and playback
    Supports 6 channels for analog playback in the analog playback mode
    Supports one stereo and one mono analog-line level inputs by analog recording in the analog recording mode
    Transfer Rate: 1.5/12 Mbps
    Operating Temperature: 0~40 degrees (Celsius)
    Storage Temperature: 0~70 degrees (Celsius)
    Humidity: 0~80%
    ** Notice: Under the Mac system, the volume buttons of the adapter are not functional and there is 2-channel playback only
    I just noticed this "only two channels work for Macs" stuff. What do you think the chances that it will in fact work with Linux are? Would the USB Audigy work with Linux if I decide against the GWC?
    Thanks for your help.

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