M-Audio Audiophile 2496
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- Award-winning 24-bit/96khz digital audio card
- 2 x 2 full-duplex audio performance
- Gold-plated rca jacks
- S/pdif digital i/o with pcm and ac-3/dts passthrough
- 1 x 1 midi i/o
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4-In/4-Out Audio Card with MIDI and Digital I/O. The Audiophile 2496 embodies a quantum leap in computer audio fidelity and performance unequalled by other audio cards in its price range. This critically acclaimed PCI card features premium digital audio converters, elegant board design and ultra-stable drivers just like the rest of the Delta line, but with a simpler I/O configuration. As a member of the Delta family, the Audiophile 2496 supports all computer platforms and major software programs, ensuring seamless integration and rock-solid performance. See why the Audiophile 2496 is one of the best-selling digital audio cards in the industry.
This critically acclaimed PCI card features premium digital audio converters, elegant board design, + ultra-stable drivers just like the rest of the Delta line, but with a simpler I/O configuration. As a member of the Delta family, the Audiophile 2496 supports all computer platforms + major software programs, ensuring seamless integration + rock-solid performance. See why the Audiophile 2496 is one of the best-selling digital audio cards in the industry.See all Product Description
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Overall, a very good product, speedy delivery. Took less then 10 mins to set up and have had no problems whatsoever. I would recommend this product highly!! BUY THIS!
This card is very functional as far as I can tell and the Windows 7 ASIO drivers, once you manage to find them, drive the card very well also. I can't say i've had it long enough to really test it but sound quality is good and it shows no signs of any latency, which was my main reason for buying a bottom of the line pro audio card rather than weak mid-range gaming card.
The only drawback is the lack of power management support to allow the machine to sleep with this card inside it, which I think might apply to all versions of Windows, not just 7. It seems there may be a somewhat complicated workaround for that but so far no luck in getting it to work. From reading around I get the impression that M-Audio aren't particularly responsive to such issues, and there doesn't seem to be any official response to this one, so that seems a fair assessment.
4 because it does what I bought it for 100%
-1 because it's wasting my electricity not letting my machine sleep.
Note: Vista drivers now available on the m-audio website. But who wants Vista with DRM on a DAW anyway...? Stick with XP.
I've never used the midi features as I compose directly through the software, and there's some mixer and other features in the software that many people, including me, don't understand, but don't need to use either. Be warned however, that the accompanying CD only includes an outdated Windows XP driver (I have no idea about the Apple one).
You will need to download the latest drivers from the M-Audio website for later XP and Windows 7 drivers, but this is the usual practice nowadays anyway.
Unfortunately, this card is only in PCI connector format, so will likely become unusable in years to come as PCI-E becomes the standard in computer motherboards.
DOES THE JOB VERY WELL.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
bought this for my computer which i use in my home studio.wish id gone for the 1010 tbh. very efficient,no noise,no latency,excellent sound and great easy instructions that even a... Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2014 by Mr. Stephen J. Webb
bought this to use for an online radio station.
It's also used for music production projects.
the reason being that it has RCA stereo in. Read more
Great sound card for my recording with latency of about 6mS which for my system is more than ample.
I'd recommend this if you're recording at home because it really is good... Read more
I needed a replacement for my X-fi which has appalling (unusable) latency. This card is excellent value for the price and allows proper use of midi keyboard.Published on 18 Aug. 2013 by Amazon Customer
This is excellent quality, it improves on the on-board sound card considerably. It improves further with quality cables connecting to the speaker. Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2013 by keith
I bought this sound card for 2 reasons; to listen to music from my computer through my hi-fi and to experiment with samples of sound to make electronic music. Read morePublished on 28 April 2013 by isubject
M-Audio Audiophile 2496 very good : . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Published on 24 April 2013 by mrmanson69
I wanted a sound card specifically for use with software sound fonts such as Sibelius Sounds, producing authentic instrument sounds. Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2012 by John H. White
This really is a splendid piece of kit for the price. Sounds very good but is starting to show its age. Drivers are becoming an issue as well. Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 2012 by Ms. C. Morgan