The Computer Audio Interface Guide

This guide covers computer audio interfaces (sometimes referred to as "I/O"s or "breakout boxes") for PC or Mac. These provide audio input, output and additional features which improve upon any built-in audio jack. This guide does not cover internal PCI cards, just external connectors (USB, FireWire etc). See the bottom of this page for an intro to the terminology and trends.

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FireWire 400 (97)       |      FireWire 800 (9)       |      mLAN (8)       |      USB 1 (121)       |      USB 2 (24)
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Telex P-500 USB 1 $60.00 Shop New

Analog-to-digital input only? Discontinued, manufacturer website was formerly...

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Xitel MD-Port DG2 USB 1 $70.00

Toslink optical output, to connect to an optical digital device. No analog.

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Xitel MD-Port I/O USB 1 $70.00

Analog input, toslink optical output.

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Xitel InPort USB 1 $70.00 Shop New

Analog input marketed for converting LPs, but no phono preamp?

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Hercules Muse Pocket USB 1 $75.00

USB, 2-in analog on 1/8" jack pair, 6-out analog on (3) 1/8" jack pairs, jacks are built into a desktop volume knob, only 2 channel...

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Onkyo UD5 USB 1 $79.00

USB, digital optical out only. PC only?

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M-Audio JamLab USB 1 24bit/48.0k $80.00 Shop New

1/8" mini analog headphone/line out, 1/4" guitar instrument analog input, very portable size, includes GT Player guitar amp simulation...

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Edirol UA-1A USB 1 16bit $90.00

2 ch RCA i/o, Branded as "Edirol by Roland."

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M-Audio Sonica USB 1 24bit/96.0k $90.00 Shop New

1/8" analog line out, S/PDIF optical out which does Linear PCM, AC3, or DTS.

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Edirol UA-1X USB 1 16bit/48.0k $95.00 Shop New

2 channel analog I/O on RCA connectors, S/PDIF output, headphone out. Branded as "Edirol by Roland."

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Xitel Pro HiFi-Link USB 1 $99.00

2 channel RCA analog out, S/PDIF coax output, TOSLink optical output, comes with (3) 30 foot cables: 1/8"-2RCA, S/PDIF coax, TOSLink...

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Griffin PowerWave USB 1 $99.00 Shop New

USB, 2 in, 2 out, 15 watt amplified speaker output. Discontinued.

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M-Audio Transit USB 1 24bit/96.0k $99.00 Shop New

1/8" mini analog line out, 1/8" mini analog line in, TOSlink optical out does AC3 and DTS, very portable size.

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Philips PSC805 Aurilium USB 1 1 16bit/48.0k $99.00 Shop New

2 analog in (one 1/8" jack), 6 analog out (three 1/8" jacks), optical S/PDIF out, coax S/PDIF out, mic in (1/8"), headphone out (1/8"),...

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Griffin FireWave FireWire 400 $99.00 Shop New

6 analog outputs (on three 1/8" mini jacks), Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound decoding.

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Edirol UA-1D USB 1 16bit/48.0k $110.00 Shop New

2 channel S/PDIF and optical digital i/o only. No analog. Optical can output encoded surround. Branded as "Edirol by Roland."

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ART USB Phono Plus USB 1 16bit/48.0k $119.00 Shop New

2 ch analog in (phono/line), 2 ch analog out (RCA, 1/8"), optical i/o, S/PDIF in, phono preamp, low-cut filter EQ, USB or AC powered, 1/...

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M-Audio Sonica Theater USB 1 24bit/96.0k $120.00

2 analog in (1/8" mini), 8 analog outputs (4x 1/8" mini), S/PDIF coax out which does Linear PCM, AC3, or DTS. Seems to have replaced the...

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M-Audio Fast Track USB USB 1 24bit/48.0k $129.00 Shop New

2 input (1 mic XLR, 1 instrument/line 1/4"), 2 output (2 unbalanced RCA), headphone out, GT Player Express software for guitar

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ART USB Phono Plus V2 USB 1 16bit/48.0k $129.00 Shop New

2 ch analog in (phono/line), 2 ch analog out (RCA, 1/8"), optical i/o, S/PDIF in, phono preamp, low-cut filter EQ, USB or AC powered, 1/...

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