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Old 8th October 2009, 02:21 PM
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Sr members need your help in this one.

I need a USB based external sound card. I have gone through various threads in this forum regarding the sound cards. Mostly they where about Xonar cards.

I would be using this card only for music play back(cplay,foobar) and wont be doing any kind of recording activity( since I saw many usb devices which cater more towards high quality recording needs). I would be using my headphones and in future would use this to connect to my amplifier.I have checked the

EMU 0404
EMU 0202

M-Audio MobilePre USB
M-Audio Transit


Which one would be the best choice as far as sq is concerned, is there any huge difference btwn the sq of 0404 & 0202 to justify the price difference.

Or do you guys have any other suggestions I would be getting this(whatever the choice is) from the US and the budget would be around $200 lesser the better.


Magma & thevo recently were looking for a SC what did you guys finalise that thread came to an abrupt end.


Cranky your inputs also requested.( have already bought a ltr bottle of waxsol as per your suggestion), on a more serious note I would really like your inputs on this.

Other sr members also pls chip in with your suggestions
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Re: USB Dac or Sound card for laptop

rem,am proposing to tackle the same issue with an external usb dac(on its way).budget needs to be looked at first.am sure better informed members can give u more clarity on the subject.cheers
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Re: USB Dac or Sound card for laptop

Out of the options that you are thinking of, the E-MU 0404 USB takes the cake. It uses the same DAC as the Squeezebox Transporter! Yes, the DAC alone is not the determining factor of course.

The 0404 USB also reportedly has an advanced clock structure leading to reduced jitter as compared to internal sound cards.

The sound quality that this DAC produces is often said to be laidback, yet warm. There is a long thread on this DAC at Computeraudiophile.
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Re: USB Dac or Sound card for laptop

USB always better as its flexible.Only check power consumption.
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Re: USB Dac or Sound card for laptop

EMU or Keces or Blue Circle Thingee or Bel Canto DACs are good options. I was not too impressed with CA DAC Magic but others might have different take on it.
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Re: USB Dac or Sound card for laptop

tc 7510 doesnt have usb i think
youll have to go for the TC 7520 which is about 160 pounds

if you can get a keces or emu used it should be better
there are lots of used Emu 404's on sale if you search and are willing to take the chance from the US
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Re: USB Dac or Sound card for laptop

Sorry for the late reply I was not able to check hfv since yesterday afternoon

Thanks Rallynut,Thevo,Cranky, Mars, Magma, Spiro for all the replies that you have send. I would be reading as much abt the products you hva mentioned.

Beresford 7510 I dont thk has USB support. Moreover I dont like that guys attitude so do not in anyway contribute to his profits. , this guy even tried to have multiple ID's in other forums and tried to push his product

Among the rest I need to read abt the Keces which Cranky has mentioned and also the ones Mars & Magma has mentioned.

I would also like your opinions on the Musical Fidelity V-Dac which is also available for arnd $180,

Musical Fidelity


In the mean while lemme read up on all the products that you guys have mentioned.
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Re: USB Dac or Sound card for laptop

Rem,

This is the thread I was referring to at Computeraudiophile. Very interesting and with lots of references to multiple other DACs.

24/192 via USB 2.0 on a beer budget--EMU 0404 mini-review!! | Computer Audiophile
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Re: USB Dac or Sound card for laptop

Hi folks, I am torn between a new cdp and SC/DAC for connecting my amp thro' my laptop and i'm confused about the best way to go for my stereo setup. I have a creative xfi USB for now. Is this EMU 0404 available in India and the cost? and will it be vastly superior to creative xfi.Sorry for posting so many questions.

Sorry for one more question? what is the difference betwen usb sound card and usb dac?
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Re: USB Dac or Sound card for laptop

if youre gonna use the laptop
usb soundcard is the correct path to take
the emu 404 or a keces should be ideal

the emu 404 usb not availble in india yet.
ive just hread of some PCI cards not the usb dac


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