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Re: USB Audio

Dear Ward,

M-Audio and Edirol make some USB audio interfaces, some starting at $70. I
am not sure about RCA connectors, but if other connectors are used, it's
only a matter of an adapter.
I also have had no direct experience with these USB cards, but both
companies are pretty respectable. I am using M-Audio's PCI cards and I am
very happy with them, except the dB ccale in their mixer application is
wrong (they used 10 instead of 20 in the dB formula, or something like

If the reason why you want USB is that you're going to use a laptop, a
PCMCIA card may be a solution. Of these, Echo Indigo IO has a very good

Good luck


Ward R. Drennan wrote:
> Dear List,
> I'm looking for an Audio USB device with 1/4" headphone jack and stereo
> RCA connections to produce high fidelity sound from a PC, and for less
> than $200. My office-mate (Dasika) found one with really high quality
> sound; the noise floor was actually lower than TDT. It's the TASCAM
> US-122. However, many owners of this device have reported it unreliable
> with flaky software and a suspect power supply.
> Does anyone have a suggestion for a USB audio device that is a little more
> reliable? Cause we can't have equipment that doesn't work when we need it.
> Ward R. Drennan, Ph. D.
> VM Bloedel Hearing Research Center
> Department of Otolaryngology
> University of Washington Box 357923
> Seattle, WA 98195
> Office: (206) 897-1848
> Fax: (206) 616-1828

Pawel Kusmierek PhD
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Georgetown University Medical Center
The Research Building WP23
3970 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC 20007
phone: +1 202 687-8851