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Re: AUDITORY Digest - 3 May 2005 to 4 May 2005 (#2005-87)

ah, yes ... Turtle Beach ... those were the days!   Actually, I have changed over in recent years ... back to the CreativeLabs SoundBlaster series (the card with which nearly every other is "compatible").  I purchased an Audigy2 Platinum for my Desktop (~$100 US) and recently bought the Audigy2 ZS Laptop for one of the slots in my ThinkPad (~$130).  The former ("platinum" version) includes a break-out box that fits into one of the bays of my desktop, allowing direct access to MIDI & audio ins/outs, so you don't have to constantly climb around your computer.  The latter claims a S:N ratio of 104 dB.  I have been very pleased with both, which use 24-bit D:A conversion and sampling rates up to 192 KHz.  You might want to check out the newest Audigy4 card (~$300) which uses 32-bit digital processing.

more info is available at: http://us.creative.com/products/welcome.asp?category=1&

Good luck!
Scott Lipscomb

At 11:00 PM 5/4/2005, you wrote:
Date:    Wed, 4 May 2005 11:55:52 -0500
From:    "Keith R. Kluender" <krkluend@xxxxxxxx>
Subject: Sound cards

I am seeking advice on the best sound cards for PCs for both recording and
listening experiments.

The primary requirement is S/N on input and output. I know that long ago,
Turtle Beach was a favorite, but I don't know what's best today.

Thanks -- Keith

Professor Keith R. Kluender
Department of Psychology
University of Wisconsin
1202 West Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53706

Dr. Scott D. Lipscomb, Associate Professor
Music Education & Music Technology
Northwestern University School of Music
(847) 467-1682
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