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Re: [vox-tech] Best Linux Audio Cards (PCIe? USB?)
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Re: [vox-tech] Best Linux Audio Cards (PCIe? USB?)

Wow! $24 and up. This is pretty cool.

My friend has a system with no onboard audio, or free PCI slots for an
internal card. He just needs something for line-in from a tv/dvr tuner
card to hear audio. At this price, he can buy 2. :-)

Good price, and works with the standard linux usb driver? That is a great

Thanks for the suggestion, Charles. :-D


Charles McLaughlin said:
> ME,
> Check out the Griffin iMic - it is a cheap USB audio adapter that
> includes audio in and out.  It is compatible with Linux according to this:
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-powerpc/2003/09/msg00148.html
> PS  Tascam makes professional recording equipment.  Their products are
> probably overkill if you just looking for occasional MP3 playback, etc.
> Charles
> ME wrote:
>> No responses? Bummer. I'll be impolite and impatient, and reply to my
>> own
>> message...  (Since archived messages help others...)
>> Maybe listing specific items will generate discussion...
>> There was discussion in Feb 2005, in the creative forums, of a new card
>> that was supposed to be for "PCIe x1" that was to be called Zenith
>> http://tinyurl.com/d8k5o as a tiny URL for
>> http://forums.creative.com/creativelabs/board/message?board.id=soundblaster&message.id=10044&query.id=172989
>> Come Sept, 2005, this product is not listed at
>> http://www.creative.com/products/welcome.asp?category=1&;
>> There was talk of a Audigy 3 that was supposed to be PCIe x1, but an
>> article from late 2004 stated that there were no plans for an Audigy 3
>> with PCIe support. http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=19702
>> As for USB...
>> I see the Audigy 2 NX (Priced ~ $70 ands up)
>> http://tinyurl.com/46aot tiny URL for:
>> http://www.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=1&subcategory=204&product=9103
>> Shown as supported:
>> http://www.qbik.ch/usb/devices/showdevcat.php?id=7
>> http://www.qbik.ch/usb/devices/showdev.php?id=2375
>> and the Audigy 2 ZS (Priced ~ $220 and up)
>> http://tinyurl.com/9m63s tiny URL for:
>> http://www.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=1&subcategory=204&product=11226
>> Stated as working:
>> http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/showthread.php?s=&threadid=361056
>> (USB) EDIROL UA-1X (Price ~ $70)
>> http://music.columbia.edu/pipermail/linux-audio-user/2003-December/008279.html
>> http://www.thomann.de/artikel-165708.html?sn=7602194ba738aebac6eab165bbcb000f
>> According to kernel docs, these require firmware from manufacturer to
>> work:
>> TASCAM US-122 USB Audio/Midi Interface w/Phantom (Priced ~ $170 and up)
>> Tascam US224 Dig Audio Workstation USB Interface (Priced ~ $180 and up)
>> Tascam US428 Dig Audio Workstation USB Interface (Priced ~ $300 and up)
>> Comments? Suggestions?
>> TIA
>> -ME
>> ME said:
>>>Hello LUGOD Members,
>>>An associate of mine has purchased a system with 2 PCI slots (now
>>> occupied
>>>with cards) 1 PCIe x1, 1 PCIe x4 and 1 PCIe x8 slots (which are unused.)
>>>The machine has no audio on-board or as a card.
>>>(I realized the primary targets for PCIe have been throughput-intensive
>>>hardware such as Video Cards, FireWire, and Gig/10Gig Ethernet.)
>>>For conveinience, it would be nice to have a sound card be internal.
>>>I do not see any PCIe Sound cards on the market. Do any of you know of
>>>any? (If they exist, they must work with Linux.)
>>>Assuming no PCIe audio cards are on the market, there is the option of
>>>USB. Anyone have favorable experience with USB sound "cards" and Linux?
>>>Best devices would not require 3rd-party drivers, but would be able to
>>> use
>>>existing stock kernel drivers/modules.
>>>The USB Audigy2 (Creative) has received praise from some users on /.
>>>Looking through the 2.6.13 kernel config, I see support through ALSA for
>>>"Tascam US-122, US-224 and US-428 USB drivers" but these appear to
>>> require
>>>firmware updates with usx2yloader.
>>>Going with OSS vs. ALSA does not matter as much as "working with Linux."
>>>Best:     No 3rd party drivers or firmware. Works with Stock Kernel.
>>>2nd Best: 3rd party drivers and/or firmware updates
>>>Worst:    Nothing. No sound.
>>>Suggestions welcome.
>>>vox-tech mailing list
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