[linux-audio-user] RME Multiface vs. M-Audio Delta 1010

Florin Andrei florin at andrei.myip.org
Sun Jan 25 18:42:24 EST 2004

I'm comparing the RME Multiface with the M-Audio Delta 1010 (the full
model, not the LT).

Both things provide 8 balanced analog ins/outs (and balanced is very
important to me), some digital ins/outs (the M-Audio provides only
SPDIF, RME has SPDIF and optical) and MIDI. Both are fully supported by
ALSA. Both can do 96kHz/24bit.
M-Audio Delta doesn't have headphones output.

The big difference is the price.
RME Multiface can be bought in the US for like $920 (the breakout box
plus the PCI card).
M-Audio Delta 1010 is $600 total; even if i stick to it a 4-way
headphone amp, it's still only $700.

What do i lose if i go the M-Audio way, instead of the RME?

I know the RME stuff are more like sound routers (can combine the
channels in a very flexible fashion), plus they do a lot of things with
0% CPU load.
How's the M-Audio Delta in this regard? Can i do the same clever things
with it?

Florin Andrei


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