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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Terratec Aureon 5.1 USB MKII USB 1 2 16bit/48.0k

2 analog input (3.5 mm, mic in on 3.5mm), 6 analog out (3 stereo 3.5mm), S/PDIF optical i/o, headphone out. 49.99 euro.

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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 HiFi-Link USB 1 20bit $50.00 Shop New

1/8" out only, comes with 30 foot 1/8"-2RCA cable

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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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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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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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Yamaha i88X
FireWire 400
mLAN
2 24bit/96.0k $1295.00 Shop New

18-in (2 mic/line analog balanced, 6 line analog balanced, 8 ADAT, 2 SPDIF) 18-out (8 analog balanced, 8 ADAT, 2 SPDIF), ADAT, SPDIF. (...

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Yamaha GO46 FireWire 400 2 24bit/192.0k $449.00 Shop New

4-in, 6-out, DTS and Dolby AC3 playback, 2 inserts. Portable Interface. Includes Cubase LE, many plug-ins, more.

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Yamaha MW10 USB 1 4 16bit/48.0k $249.00 Shop New

Mixer with 10 inputs (TRS and 1-4 have XLR mic), 2 analog outputs (TRS and RCA), EQ, aux sends inserts (on 1+2), headphone out. Includes...

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Yamaha MW12 USB 1 6 16bit/48.0k $379.00 Shop New

Mixer with 12 analog inputs (TRS and 1-6 have XLR mic), 2 analog outputs (XLR and TRS and RCA), EQ, aux sends inserts (on 1-4),...

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