M-Audio Audiophile 24/96 Sound Card

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by harrymatic, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. harrymatic macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2013
    United Kingdom
    I picked up an M-Audio Audiophile 24/96 PCI sound card on eBay last week for £15. I'm no audio snob, but in my opinion it sounds better than the onboard sound (especially as the onboard audio has a load of noise in it whenever I have CPU nap mode turned on). The main attraction of this card is that it can sample at 24-bit 96 kHz audio, so maybe I'll finally get around to digitizing my collection of 12" singles.

    I was a bit worried it wouldn't work as people would frequently complain about buggy drivers for this card back in the day, but I figured that I could always resell it (these cards usually run around £25 - £30 so I got a great deal!). The only downside for me is that it doesn't work with the volume keys on the keyboard, but I run the audio into a small mixer on my desk anyway so I'm not too bothered.

    To cut a long story short, I'm really happy with this card - it solves the noisy audio problem I had and enables me to make really good quality recordings for a very low price.
  2. powermi macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2013
    Avila (Spain)
    I use a UCA 202 from behringer, on my powerbooks to link the hifi Speakers, i cant say if the quality of sound is better but i need it for the RCA connectors. At least it works quite good w/o any drivers.
  3. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Fellow UAC202 user here. Definitely a quality piece of kit for the price.

    Definitely sounds better than the onboard audio on my laptop, and I've found it to work great OOTB on Windows, OS X and Linux.

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