[LAU] which USB card with optical out?

Justin Smith noisesmith at gmail.com
Mon Dec 22 14:11:40 EST 2008

As will usually be mentioned when someone asks about USB, any card
that is class compliant usb 1.0 will work under linux, with no trouble
whatsoever. This usually means any card that lists USB 1.0
compatibility. I got a creative USB card a while back with
rca/eighth-inch/optical IO for around $40 at Fry's. It worked just
fine (though USB 1.0 does have a higher latency than firewire, of
course). I don't remember the model, I am lending it to a friend, but
there should be an equivalent out there now.

On Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 10:10 AM, Gregory Chang <gychang at fastmail.fm> wrote:
> m crazy about clean 2 channel sound output to my high-end Pioneer setup
> (yes, it is possible..., IMHO).
> Under XP I was able to get it with foobar software playing my flac
> files. I used TUrtleBeach Micro Advantage USB sound card with optical
> output which gave a desired clean sound.
> Now I have completely migrated to Linux (LinuxMint distro) format, but
> the TBMA has no linux driver and sound has a annoying clicking sound
> (like playing old LP).
> Can any gurus recommend a USB card solution (<$100 if possible) with
> optical output for the Linux format?
> I have old Chaintech AV710 sound card with optical output that I may try
> if someone can verify it will work also.
> thanks in advance, Merry X-mas.
> gychang
> UCI Medical Center
> Irvine, CA
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