[clug-talk] Linux USB sound cards?

Gustin Johnson gustin at echostar.ca
Thu Dec 13 15:25:27 PST 2007


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I have a cheap icemat usb sound card that works well.  Memory express
used to sell them for ~$90

bogi wrote:
> 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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