Best Answer batman144144 , June 29 2014 - 09:00 PM
USB Connections have limited audio-out and realtime capability. For the most part, on MP3, they are as good as anything and there are great ones. But USB can't output or translate any HD audio format because there isn't enough bandwidth.
Are you sure? The Sound Blaster X-Fi HD USB Audio System will digitize and export hi def audio. There is also a ton of pro gear, used mainly by musicians, that will record hi def digital data via a USB interface. They also do a lot more than I need and are more than a little out of my price range. In any case, as it turns out, I won't be needing to buy a new sound card. I'm using different software now that accomplishes what I need.
My understanding is that when USB interfaces first came out they were noticeably inferior to PCI connections. Today, this is no longer the case. I guess it's still somewhat of a contraversy.
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