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    recomendations on sc with 5/6 outputs

    Hi,

    in order to use the thuneau frequency allocator for my 2.1 active sound-system (so it is actually 4.1), I need a soundcard with 5 or 6 outputs. I know there are PCI cards who have that many, but I rather use a USB-card because of the possible HDD-interference with PCI.

    anybody who knows of such a card? thanks
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    ok, damn, really have to do some more reading.... I was looking for a card with 6 rca-outs, but thanks to my bro (really, thank you Joachim/JC!) I now know, I could also use one with 3 3.5stereo outs..... how stupid could I be


    edit: one more thing, I really would like it to use 24bit in order to play dvd

    edit2: needs to be ASIO-compatible
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    have you seen the stickey at the top of this forum that includes a bunch of USB/fire wire cards?

    btw - not just 1/8" but you can also use 1/4" TRS jacks and just make custom RCAs. I'd go that route before 1/8" for sure.
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    yes red, i've seen the sticky. problem is, most of the cards are only 16bit, but the few that are 24bit don't support ASIO....

    yesterday I thought I found the perfect card for my needs (ESI gigaport AG), but that one also is 16bit.... Then I looked at an audigy2 NX, but that one seems to have trouble with the ASIO drivers and it seems to make the frequency allocater crash... (so I've read that at the thuneau forum)
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    You might have to go the PCI or Firewire route instead of USB. I am not sure, but I don't know if USB bandwidth can do 8 channels using ASIO. There is not much buffering going on when you use ASIO instead of the regular microsoft direct sound or wavemapper from my understanding.

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    I'll add those to the USB/firewire soundcard list.

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    will be firewire than, cause I'm a little sceptical about PCI (HDD noise, cd-rom noises, mouse clicks).

    Or I could just get a 16bit card, would it really be that bad with dvd?
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    I think you should be ok. bit depth is basically associated with dynamic range. 24 bits allow you to have a dynamic range greater than 100dB while the best you can with 16 bits is around 96dB. What does this mean? It gives you a more accurate sound, more detail, less artificial. Here is a good explanation.

    http://www.pcrecording.com/dither.htm

    I used a PCI soundcard folded over the top of my M10K using a PCI rsier card and as long as I didn't run any IDE cable too close to the soundcard I didn't have any noise issues on my analog outputs.

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    ok, thanks durwood. gonna go with the ESI gagaport than, I think. I'll be watching DVD ony occasionally, so as long as music-cd's sound as thet should, it's all that matters.... and since cd's are recorded at 16bit....
    Xenia & Isabelle, totally in love!

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    most important is music-quality, because I recently joined a team that's competing in EMMA, just since a week or two. and I'll be joining them in competing next season (for SQ that is, SPL, not so much my cup of tea)
    Xenia & Isabelle, totally in love!

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