decent auido card with audiophile A/D conversion?

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  1. DaViD Boulet

    DaViD Boulet Lead Actor

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    Have some out-of-print vinyl and a high-end turntable with audiophile phonostage...I used to have a DAT player but sold it...and now I'd like to transcribe some of those LPs to CDR.

    I need an audiophile-way to get the analog sound from the preamp into my PC to burn a disc.

    Is there an affordable sound card with L/R analog in that *really* sounds good? I'm talking "high end" good like my old Tascam DA-30 Mk DAT machine (which had great sounding ADC's)?

    Also would love to have a digital PCM input to transcribe from other digital sources like minidisc.

    thanks!
     
  2. Gabriel.H

    Gabriel.H Stunt Coordinator

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    The Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 4 Pro might be what you're looking for. You can check out its details on their site. Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platimum Pro would be a little bit cheaper, but compromises a wee bit on the quality. Anyways, check out the features and decide for yourself.
     
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    Ack! Going from Tascam to Creative is like going from Ferrari to Hyundai. [​IMG]

    RME and Lynx make some high-dollar stuff. I hear on AVS the DACs in the Lynx TwoB rival home theater pre-pros in the $4k range, but something like the RME Hammerfall DSP9632 is more affordable (this is regarding playback though, I'm not sure of the recording capabilites of each).
     
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    DaViD Boulet Lead Actor

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    Yeah,

    my key objective is a good sounding ADC...want to get that vinyl into digital in the best-sounding way I can (reasonably) afford...

    thanks for the input guys. I'll check those out...
     
  5. SethH

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    You ought to see if you can borrow or rent some audio recording gear from someone. I have used some MOTU products in a pro recording environment that would probably do what you're looking for pretty darn well. Particularly the MOTU 896 and 828. The connect to the PC via firewire.
     
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    The most important thing for me is A/D conversion quality. Would be so nice if it was an outboard device that connected via USB or something so I could easily carry it and use it with whatever PC happened to be in the vincinity of where I was recording...

    Seth, I'll check out some rentals from some pro places too.
     
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