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Date:      Mon, 3 Jun 2013 13:44:55 -0700
From:      Waitman Gobble <gobble.wa@gmail.com>
To:        birdfund@yahoo.com
Cc:        "freebsd-questions@freebsd.org" <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: Sound cards
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On Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 1:13 PM, Waitman Gobble <gobble.wa@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> On Jun 2, 2013 3:57 PM, "mike miskulin" <birdfund@yahoo.com> 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.
>>
>> TIA
>>
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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
>

Sorry, I was typing my email on my phone before. yikes, grammar!

Anyhow, this card works pretty good on my FreeBSD system:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102017

Note: if you want 'more' than 16bit stereo sound, ie multiple
'surround sound' channels, 32(24) bit, 96Khz recording - you have to
do a little code hacking. That card also has an ac3 decoder, so I
think you can dump ac3 data to it, but i haven't tried that yet. 'one
of these weekends' i'll get to it. :)


--
Waitman Gobble
San Jose California USA
510-830-7975



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