Re: "best" usb sound card with debian support?
Johannes Wiedersich wrote:
> A few years ago I got an terratec phase 26 usb card. I need a second usb
> sound card for a second computer and hear that there are better devices
> available. Some of those suggested as 'better' alternatives are the
> M-box mini and E-MU 0202 USB. Google makes me doubt that those are
> supported by alsa / linux, though.
> Are there any recommendations for high quality usb sound devices
> supported by debian (alsa)?
> Requirements are just stereo in and stereo out with more emphasis on the
> output side, ie. I want to use it mainly for plain listening and
> occasional recordings.
> In absence of better recommendations, I would just buy another terratec
> phase 26 or an edirol ua-25 ex, but I wouldn't mind to spend a little
> more for some extra audio quality ;-)
> Note that I am basically limited to usb, since I want to use it with a
I have aquired a V-DAC from musical fidelity  last weekend.
It has been tested by several (German and English) audio magazines to
provide sound output on par with cd players costing about ten times as
I can confirm that sound on my debian lenny is superb; it works out of
the box as an usb audio device:
$ aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: default [USB Audio DAC ], device 0: USB Audio [USB Audio]
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
It plays way better (really no comparison) than my Terratec Phase 26
and better than my nakamichi CD player.
(Only drawback: I'd like to have an analog digital converter as well...)