Summary: I have not yet really used it yet. I am impressed that a product 11 years old still works and has current drivers available. The drivers are updated but the manual has not been. The XP instructions said to install the drivers first so that is what I did and then I shut down the PC, installed the 2496 in an available PCI slot and rebooted. One thing to note: Windows 7 64bit takes a lot longer to boot when the 2496 is in the PCI slot.
Summary: I bought this used for a reasonable price. Works great with my DAW. Great sound. M Audio now has stuff with more inputs/outputs, but this suited my needs. Only drawback, no headphone jack. But card is powerful enough that I can hook up headphones to the standard speaker output. Though not at the same time (I could get a splitter). Wanna dabble in computer audio recording? Get this and reaper. Very inexpensive way to determine if it's for you.
2 channel card that is heavy duty & works w/PCI interfacing
6 July 2012
Summary: This particular sound card works well in "somewhat older" PCs. It uses a PCI interface. I wanted to hook this card up to my stereo system via the computer. My intergrated sound card wound up burnning out when hooked up to my older sound system. Most likley due to an uneven resistance in Ohms. My guess ? The RCA inputs & outputs in 2 channel stereo is what grabbed my attention.
Summary: Thought it great until I recently comparered its analog out to the DAC on my Onkyo TX-SR876 receiver...
Although good to a point, it failed in highly complex loud music passages like the Choral movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony..... where as the volume and the number of instruments and voices increased, the 2496 could not keep the sounds seperate.... they become muddled/mixed a little muddy.
Audiophile 2496 is the basic card of M-Audio's Delta soundcard series.M-Audio(part of AVID) is mainly pro-audio targeted company supplying musical instruments,software and studio equipment,as well as PC-based consumer-suitable audio interfaces.This way,the Audiophile 2496 is first meant to live in small/home recording studios,and second in Mr. Audiophile's PC.
Excerpt: This was one of the soundcards used in my last college's workstations. I can only say that it does the job and it is perfect for a composer who is using midi as their main composing tool. The best thing about it is that you can edit audio in your DAW at 96KHz/24 bit, which is pretty handy for basic mixdowns and other small scale productions. If you are looking for a big front end recording setup, then this is useless...
Excerpt: Just so you are aware: I've reviewed this already, but there's two of these on Ciao, exactly the same product - thought I'd cover both with my review so you buyers get to read it :D This was the first soundcard I purchased, about 4 years ago at £60, it was and still is an absolute bargain!