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.

(Sort by clicking a header. Filter by selecting a port. 238 interfaces match current criteria.)

FireWire 400 (97)       |      FireWire 800 (9)       |      mLAN (8)       |      USB 1 (121)       |      USB 2 (24)
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Onkyo UD5 USB 1 $79.00

USB, digital optical out only. PC only?

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Line 6 PodXT USB 1 24bit $419.00 Shop New

Guitar input with amp modeling, mic modeling, effects, download new emulation algorithms via USB.

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Line 6 GuitarPort USB 1 $229.00 Shop New

Guitar input with prerecorded tracks to jam with.

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TC Electronic PowerCore FireWire FireWire 400 $1745.00 Shop New

Not an audio interface. FireWire processor adds DSP horsepower to any VST or MAS DAW (PC or Mac). Comes with a bunch of plug-ins. Other...

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Griffin iFire FireWire 400 $40.00 Shop New

Not an audio interface. FireWire to Apple Pro...

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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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Yamaha 01X
FireWire 400
mLAN
24bit/96.0k $1699.00 Shop New

28 channel digital mixer.

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Yamaha RP-U200 USB 1 24bit/96.0k $399.00 Shop New

Audio surround receiver/amp/tuner with 12 watt speaker outputs, preamp outs, optical i/o, more.

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Yamaha RP-U100 USB 1 24bit/48.0k $325.00 Shop New

Audio receiver/amp/tuner with 30 watt speaker outputs, preamp outs, optical i/o, more.

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Yamaha UW-10 USB 1 $159.00 Shop New

2 analog i/o (RCA), optical i/o, headphone out, portable size.

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Yamaha AP-U70 USB 1 24bit/96.0k $350.00 Shop New

Audio receiver/amp with 20 watt speaker outputs, preamp outs, optical i/o, more.

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Yamaha DP-U50 USB 1 24bit/96.0k $249.00 Shop New

Audio receiver, preamp outs, optical i/o, more.

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Yamaha UW-500 USB 1 20bit/48.0k $399.00 Shop New

2 analog i/o (RCA/1/4" TS), optical i/o, headphone out, bunch of software.

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Engineered Audio Aurius USB 1 16bit/48.0k $55.00

2 ch analog out on 1/8" jack with FM transmitter for sending to any radio receiver within 30-50 feet.

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Terratec Aureon 5.1 USB USB 1 24bit $249.00

2 analog input, 6 analog out on RCA connectors, S/PDIF i/o, headphone out

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Terratec Phono PreAmp Studio USB USB 1 $199.00

2 channel input with phono preamp, 3-level input level switch (phono min, phono hi, line), 3-level input capacity switch (100 pF, 250 pF...

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Telex P-800 USB 1 $36.00 Shop New

Discontinued, manufacturer website was formerly ...

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Xitel MD-Port AN1 USB 1

Analog 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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Apogee X-FireWire Card
FireWire 400
FireWire 800
$595.00

Not an audio interface. FireWire interface card for Apogee's X-Series (AD-16X, DA-16X) and Rosetta Series (Rosetta 200, Rosetta 800)...

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