Sonic State Studio / Audio Cards/Hardware / MIDIMAN Delta Audiophile 2496

Average rating: 7.7/10 out of 10

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Patrick Mineault a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
I was still using my old on-board card when I tested the difference between 128 and 224kbps MP3's.

I couldn't hear a difference over my JVC FS-G6 micro component system, which is pretty damn good and has a MOS-FET amplifier. I tried cranking up the volume when I wasn't playing anything on my computer, and it sounded like an a badly-tuned AM radio!

This is when I decided to get a new card. Man, this is the best 300$ (CAN) I ever spent! I just hooked it up to my stereo using high quality Monster Cable, and what a difference! No hissing, no noise even at peak volume. When I play CDs on my PC, they actually sound just a tiny bit better then using my stereo's built-in CD.

Definitely a great buy, even if it's just for listening to MP3s on your computer.

P.S. There really is a difference between 128 and 228 kbps!

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Tuesday, 05-Feb-02 at 1:20
Diatonic a part-timer user from U.S. writes:
This card was the best $200 that i've ever spent. I have it running in a DAW with Win XP with no problems at all (no clicks or dropouts). I use the WDM drivers in SONAR and have 6ms of latency! I use the Audiophile 2496 ASIO drivers in Reason and have the latency down to 7ms. *Kick ass all around!*

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Thursday, 24-Jan-02 at 23:53
get_real writes:
Unfortunately,it's a very popular card,which means many clueless people bought it,had problems,then blamed the card.

posted Thursday, 24-Jan-02 at 19:57
pixelpusher a Professional user from netherlands writes:
This has to be one of the worst audiocards on the market. Bad support, bad drivers, lots of glitching and popping. I suggest spending a few more dollars on a *good* card (RME)

Rating: 1 out of 10 posted Wednesday, 23-Jan-02 at 15:10
Edin a hobbyist user from U.S. writes:
I used this card in Win98SE, as well as Win2000. Sound is perfect, clicks coming up when changing bitrate and such, but newer drivers seem to help a bit. The big problem I have with it is when I am recording (analog in) while playing the music (analog out). This works perfectly in Win98SE, but in Win2000 the input and output get mixed! The file being played is recorded together with the audio on the input. The problem seems to be in drivers, or Win200, or both. When I look at devices in the Win2000 (Playback and Recording Control), I only have one device, and no other choices. That seems to cause this problem of mixing the input and output. In Win98 I simply have a separate recording input, and have no problems whatsoever. But, I really want to use Win2000, because it is much more stable, and works better with large drives.

Rating: 8 out of 10 posted Thursday, 17-Jan-02 at 4:6
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