USB Audio Interface or External Sound Card for Playback

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hashilli, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. hashilli macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2007
    I have a new set of Mackie MR8 monitors and unfortunately there is too much internal component noise coming through the iMac 1/8 audio jack. So, now I am on a mission to find a good USB interface or sound card that I can bypass this with. I use the Firewire on the computer for external hard disks. It is a iMac i7 so I only have the one firewire port. =( I don't do any recording, this is for playback only.

    I've been searching over many threads and I can't seem to get a good opinion on a decent USB device that won't have driver issues and just give me clean playback.
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
  3. hashilli thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2007
    Thanks, after much looking into, I have foregone trying to get an audio interface and decided to just get a Nuforce uDAC-2 which is a simple USB DAC with a headphone preamp.

    Your suggestion pointed me completely in the right direction. Thanks.

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