[LAD] What sound cards are recommender by developers? I'll order next week!!!

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Sun May 22 17:31:04 UTC 2011

On Sun, 2011-05-22 at 14:18 +0100, Machel Sylvain wrote: 
> Hello Ralf,
> Have you already envisaged to use Digigram boards like the vx222 one
> with alsa driver.
> Regards,
> Sylvain

No thank you, I'll take a look at this.

On Sun, 2011-05-22 at 08:32 -0400, Paul Davis wrote:
> On Sun, May 22, 2011 at 4:20 AM, Ralf <ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net> wrote:
> > If you read several audio user lists you'll see that's not only me,
> > having this issue ;), but every Envy24 card user, while RME card users
> > write similar to this:
> They didn't use PulseAudio with their RME cards.

That might be true, at least one of them was a long time 64 Studio user,
as I was and 64 Studio never used PA.

> > Regarding to sound quality issues RME cards also get better gradings
> > than TerraTec, M-Audio and other cards that cost between 80,- and 400,-
> > EUR.
> If you have an all-digital card word-clocked synced to your converters
> (or an external clock source) there will be ZERO difference in the
> audio quality delivered by switching to another similar card. To claim
> anything else is more or less equivalent to the people who claim that
> using certain hard drives improves the playback quality of their
> computer-stored music.
> obviously, there are some "ifs" in that statement that leave some room
> for variation. the headphone out of my RME digiface, for example, is
> definitely better quality than the Intel HDA on my motherboard, but
> that's because its an analog signal path. the RME's also have a better
> internal sample clock than the M-Audio's, so if you use that clock,
> there is some potential for small improvements in quality. but the
> basic statement remains true, and is very important.
> --p

Ok. But you agree that it might be, that the analog IOs of a RME and
perhaps of a more expensive M-Audio card are better than those of <=
100,- EUR sound card? I heard at least a Motu firewire on a Mac that was
much better than my Terratec cards.

There are a lot of statements pro and contra several sound cards
regarding to the sound quality, but I didn't read any statement about a
bad sound for RME cards. I never heard a RME card, but I tend to believe
that they are without sound quality issues, while other cards might or
might not cause such issues.


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