[clug-talk] Linux USB sound cards?

bogi khangyi at shaw.ca
Thu Dec 13 15:16:44 PST 2007


Yep, one day i picked up one of them startech usb sound devices, at random, it 
was way cheap, plugged it in, and it worked very well. It looks like the 
simpler devices work ok in Linux. And I was pleasantly surprised by the 
quality of the sound from this tiny device.
Cheers
Szemir

On December 13, 2007 13:19, Martin Glazer wrote:
> Thanks Mark,
>
> that was the hint I needed - I don't need anything complex at all, but I
> got caught up in thinking I needed an actual sound card, when a USB
> speaker does the trick perfectly.
>
> I plugged in my USB headphones and away I went. Sometimes one stares at
> a problem for way too long when the answer is right there on the side of
> them, hanging from their ear ;-)
>
> Martin
>
> Mark Carlson wrote:
> > On 12/13/07, Martin Glazer <linux at glazer.ca> wrote:
> >> Hi,
> >>
> >> I'm looking to get a USB sound card and was wondering if anyone had any
> >> experience or recommendation with one that would operate under Linux?
> >>
> >> I was also looking for a PCI-E soundcard, but it doesn't look like the
> >> Creative Soudblaster I found is compatible yet.
> >>
> >> Any ideas?
> >>
> >> Martin
> >
> > Thanks to the USB specification, pretty much anything that is simple
> > (e.g. mic. input, headphone and line output) should Just Work.  If you
> > are looking for 5.1 surround sound with fancy effects, then you'll
> > have to just search for "<sound card model number> <your linux
> > distro>" and see what comes up.
> >
> > This is the one I have, and it is great if you have some nice
> > headphones (and need a portable headphone amp,) but otherwise, you
> > could get something comparable in ease of use for much less money:
> > http://www.headphone.com/products/headphone-amps/the-mobile-line/headroom
> >-total-bithead.php
> >
> > However, it is a good example of something just working when you plug
> > it in.  It has a very standard USB audio interface, and so should most
> > other choices.
> >
> > -Mark C.
>
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