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I'm using my computer as a digital audio workstation and I have my keyboard (instrument) hooked up to it running soft synths. I need something with MIDI I/O.

I have narrowed it down to these two cards.

M-AUDIO Audiophile 192
E-MU 1212M

Thoughts?

No, I am not looking for a gamer card, thanks
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The E-MU card is newer thna the M-Audio card
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M-Audio Audiophile 192 is my vote. Excellent support and loads of features.
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The E-MU has more features... there's no denying that... but it's not really the features that will be the deciding factor for me. Both of these cards have all the I/O I need. I'm trying to figure out which one is going to have better sound quality.

Anyone know which has better DACs?
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Look for the SNR and and the sound quality including the recording quality. you want at least 100dBa or higher for the SNR and 192khz for playback @ 24bit and at least 96khz @ 24bit for recording
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Both of those cards record 192KHz... but it's not like I actually need to record at 192KHz
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M-Audio does not state the recording sample rate like most other sites but rather the playback. As for the creative card it doesnt say either but the creative may be slightly better
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post #8 of 8
The M-Audio Audiophile 192 uses a AK4358 DAC with 112 SNR, the same one found in the ESI Juli@ (which has MIDI I/O with breakout cable) while the E-MU 1212M uses the superior CS4398 DAC with 120 SNR. The 1212M is a lot more detailed and brighter than the AP192 and should have a bigger sound stage as well. The AP192 is more fun for casually listening to music while the 1212M is better at creating music because of it's accuracy.

My recommendation: E-MU 1212M
    
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