[mythtv-users] What should I look for in a soundcard?
beww at beww.org
Sat Apr 8 00:02:55 UTC 2006
On Apr 7, 2006, at 5:50 PM, <cromworshipper-mythtvlist at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Thanks for bringing up this topic. I too am interested in some
> sound hardware, but some of my audiophile friends tell me I should
> try to get the sound out of the computer. They recommend those USB
> sound thingies. Word is, you can avoid all the noise and
> interference inside a computer by moving the digitisation/
> conversion outside of the computer. As you can tell, I don't
> really understand this topic.
> Does anyone have any experience with these devices?
> Fry's was selling the turtle beach model for like $80 last
> weekend. I didn't buy one because I don't know what level the
> Linux support for those devices is.
> Looking forward to the discussion on this topic.
I don't know about $80 units, but I have a few $7.99 units that I use
to get audio out of a couple of slugs that I have (Linksys NSLU2s).
The audio coming out of them (at line level) sounds fine to my
admittedly aging ears.
I also use one for an iBook that doesn't have an external audio input
These are just very basic units (obviously, hence the price) with a
stereo input and output jack, but they work great for what I use them
for. They were automatically recognized and handled by both Linux and
OS/X, never tried them with Windows though they came with Windows
Interesting idea that you would avoid the high-noise environment by
putting them outside, makes sense I guess.
Anything fancy like S/PDIF, Surround Sound or the like would probably
be out of the question though.
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