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: I have been using the onboard audio (Realtek High Def audio)in my PC for playback and wanted to try a dedicated sound card. Chose this based on price and reviews. Certainly is a marked improvement and the installation was easy. Did have to download the driver from the website. Card also has the option of spdif out so I can use an external DAC...which I plan to try also. Overall...very pleased.
Summary: I have had this card for over a year. I researched thoroughly to find something that would have Linux drivers. I also wanted a hardware MIDI interface (rather than USB) to minimize latency on a rather mediocre computer (1.7ghz). It has not disappointed and I just ordered another card. I run for extended periods with zero x-runs shown QJackCtl using this otherwise somewhat underpowered computer.
Summary: This is a great sound card at a very reasonable price. M-audio also sells a 192 kHz card, but I'm not sure who needs that... Heads up if you are thinking of buying this card: the drivers and manual that come in the box are completely outdated. You will have to go to the M-audio website to download the updated driver for your system. However, if you want an updated manual you are out of luck!
Excellent for home audio use, recording analog sources
V. Saether "old school", Amazon
30 March 2009
Summary: Bought this primarily to record vinyl record collection to hard drive, and it's doing an excellent job. What surprised me was the high quality sound coming out of this card - even mp3s and online streaming (e.g. music samples on Amazon or iTunes) sound markedly better through this card than any other sound card I've heard. CD playback on my computer through this card sounds at least as good as on a very decent stereo system.
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.
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.
Summary: Excellent Sound Card for computer to mixer connection. I use it in a Church sound system to play audio from hard drive and to record the worship service to the hard drive. The sound is clear and crisp!