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Date:      Mon, 3 Jun 2013 13:13:09 -0700
From:      Waitman Gobble <>
Subject:   Re: Sound cards
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On Jun 2, 2013 3:57 PM, "mike miskulin" <> wrote:
> Hi all - I may be building a system which does not have any onboard
> sounds thus need to find either a pci-e or usb solution which will work
> with FreeBSD.  I've combed newegg and have to say I never realized how
> crappy the sound cards have become - that used to be a big thing back in
> the day!
> Could any of you who have installed something of ->recent<- vintage
> which worked well post the make/model?  I just need something for basic
> audio, nothing superduper.
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hi, i believe the market been more about mainstream-acceptable quality for
cheaper and cheaper the past few years. most people use on board sound.

not sure there will alot of new and exciting sound cards coming soon, its
kind of at the limit of pcm. it will be totally very cool when sound cards
do dsd / 5.7 mhz / 1 bit sampling rates, but thats still a ways off i think.

i use a creative x-fi card pci-e, the blue one that runs about 50 bucks...
on a FreeBSD system, it works pretty good with oss in base or you can try
v4.2 in ports.

asus xonar cards are excellent, they supposedly work in oss but i have not
tried my xonar on a FreeBSD machine yet.

if you run usb sound, i recommend getting an add-IN usb card, especially if
you want to do some 48k recording. add a couple devices to your usb bus and
you might notice some latency.

Hope that helps.

Waitman Gobble
San Jose California USA

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