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  • 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?

    //L

  • #2
    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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    • #3
      That could work, but how is the S/Q of the digital out on this one?

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      • #4
        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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        • #5
          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.
          RodW
          2007 Toyota Hilux with a CarPC..

          Worklog: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/work...ota-hilux.html
          OziExplorer GPS Embedded in RR: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/sb-s...iexplorer.html

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          • #6
            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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            • #7
              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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              • #8
                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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                • #9
                  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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                  • #10
                    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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                    • #11
                      This are the best that you would be able to find I think because these are designed for high end audio http://www.cryo-parts.com/pclink.html and http://www.empiricalaudio.com/produc...ramp-converter Hear is a review of them but the review is for the older model of the off ramp. Personally I would try the pop pulse 1st.

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                      • #12
                        Thanx, looking good. But I just bought the M-Audio Transit. Great soundcard but I don't get it to hibernate, working on it.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DrLove View Post
                          Thanx, looking good. But I just bought the M-Audio Transit. Great soundcard but I don't get it to hibernate, working on it.
                          Please post an update if you do get it to hibernate.
                          RodW
                          2007 Toyota Hilux with a CarPC..

                          Worklog: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/work...ota-hilux.html
                          OziExplorer GPS Embedded in RR: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/sb-s...iexplorer.html

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DrLove View Post
                            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.
                            Just curious. How come you can't use the line-in plugin?

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                            • #15
                              Regarding Line in plug-in:
                              My onboard soundcard (Realtek) hangs when I use the line in plug-in, regardless of driver version

                              Regarding Hibernation:
                              I can get it to hibernate using the old drivers on the CD (*.0055v2), increase the latency to high and setting a 5 sec delay before resume in RR. Using the new drivers from M-audio the system hangs on hibernation and on start XP says that there is not enough resources for the soundcard on the USB bus

                              I have just made a coaxial digital out on the Transit and it works great, love the dynamics of the card using digital streaming.

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