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M-Audio Audiophile 192
4 4 out of 5, based on 1 Review

PCI soundcard, a step-up from the popular M-Audio 2496.


6th April 2012

M-Audio Audiophile 192 by GoldMember

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4
M-Audio Audiophile 192

M-Audio Audiophile 192
PCI soundcard "Delta series"

up to 24-bit/192kHz audio.
2 x 2 TRS 1/4" analog I/O
S/PDIF digital I/O
direct hardware input monitoring
16-channel MIDI I/O
includes Ableton Live Lite.

Compatible with Protools-M, and latest PT9/10 with ASIO/CoreAudio*.
"could work with latest PT9/10 in OSX* with a hackintosh or with an Startech PCIe to PCI long expansion chasis,"

has ALSA drivers for Linux.
Matrix:Vendor-MAudio - AlsaProject
also for WindowsXP,7 32& 64 Bit & OSX 10.5.8
M-AUDIO - Drivers and Software Search
Delta series _/ Audiophile 192
*Incompatible exeptions in OSX:
M-AUDIO - Knowledge Base

The Sound:
because it has real dual Quartz oscillators "XO clocks", it does sound ok, if the Motherboard & PSU have low ripple & electric noise with good regulation.
but this XO are not Masterclock Quality, so don't spect too much. ej: "ultra low jitter & AES11-2003 grade 1 clock drift, at higher sample rates."

the AKM chip used for the DA ... sounds Plastic.
great for Electronic Music, but strange for Acoustic Music, 1970s Disco for example.
could be the analog circuit in front the chips... who knows. heh

The Problem:
everybody complained about a bug in the WDM s/pdif drivers, related to buffer size...
it had random clicks & pops when using internal clock, it was detected/confirmed with Audio RightMark RMAA Analyzer software...
http://audio.rightmark.org
could be drivers, or firmware, or a hardware bug, who knows.
maybe latest driver 6.0.8 has solved the issue.
maybe was a WindowsXP only issue.

with ASIO drivers the problem was much less evident, because it could change the buffer size.

Anyway... if you want to link several AP192 pci cards, you must daisy chain the s/pdif out to the next input.
there is no dedicated clock I/O.

MIDI jitter, latency & deviance is decent, as usual with most PCI sound cards..
measured with MidiTest 4.12 software.

drivers show it has a 4x4 I/O 2 analog 2 digital, but in hardware it's a 4x4+2, it has a dedicated headphone output... but is not true dedicated,
and was the reason that made me sold it, the headphone DA is hardwired in DSP to Outputs 1&2, and could not be changed or muted appart from Main 1&2 volume, to just Monitor 3&4 only in headphones, it could not turn off Outs 1&2 in the Headphones unless you also mute the Main Analog Outs 1&2, it could monitor 1&2 or 1&2+3&4, but not 3&4 only, or 1&4, or 2&3 like most real DSP soundcards.
maybe latest driver 6.0.8 has solved the issue.

the bundled software was a nice bonus.
buffer size performance was decent.
if looking for a nice entry level 192khz cappable soundcard, this is it.

 
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