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Anything like Apogee Duet for PC ? Audio Interfaces
Old 20th December 2010
  #1
Gear Head
 

Anything like Apogee Duet for PC ?

I heard alot of good things about Apogee Duet but since i am a PC user I would like to know if there is anything similar for PC ?

I have a m-audio firewire 1814 but I don't need all these inputs and output so I would like to trade quantity for quality. All I need is output for my 2 monitors 1 analog input, 1 digital input (coaxial or optic)

Price let's say around 500$

Any suggestions ?

Thanks
Old 20th December 2010
  #2
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At that price range I think anything would be a sideways move - best stick with what you have. The Duet is good for what it's designed for, but it's not really high end either.

Really high quality conversion costs - and i don't think that Apogee are giving away the family jewels in their budget models. They are popular because they are cheap and portable and work with Macs. And certainly adequate. But I have never seen a published noise floor spec for them, which is usually an admission of embarrassment, and anecdotal evidence suggests that noise level is not brilliant. Not that this is a problem for most users in noisy environments.

If you want cheap high quality conversion for a PC, I would suggest standalone 2 channel converters. The old Lucid 9624 models are very good and should be fairly cheap now. For D/A, I think the Benchmark DAC-1 is brilliant but probably out of your price range. These can be used over practically any spdif interface, and the M-Audio stuff is ideal.

Good conversion requires a very good analog path, and good power supply and good clock. The cheap bus powered stuff will always be compromised - even if they use the same converter chips. The audio shielding is also an issue - a moulded plastic box just can't offer any shielding, and can't compare with a good steel box.
Old 20th December 2010
  #3
Gear Addict
 

RME Babyface?
Old 20th December 2010
  #4
Gear Head
 

The Sound Devices "USBPre 2" is another option.
Old 20th December 2010
  #5
Gear Head
 

Thx for your recommendations guyz... for sure I don't want to make any "sideways move" and waste my money... I don't hate my m-audio firewire 1814 it allow me to still run my Pro Tools 8 and everything... but since I upgraded all the rest of my home studio it look like it's my weakest link. For the moment I do the conversion of my analog to digital in a Dbx Quantum but since it make ALOT of things I don't really care about... I tought maybe a good soundcard with good converter should be better... but sometime the better move is to not move at all , so maybe I went a litle bit too crazy about gear and don't need to change my soundcard ?!

Thanks
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