[alsa-devel] supported sound cards

Edward Terry eterry at openboxbuilder.com
Thu Nov 6 20:33:09 CET 2008

Clemens Ladisch wrote:
> The only chip where hardware mixing is supported is Creative's Emu10k1
> (snd-emu10k1 driver), used on the SB Live!, most Audigy and certain
> low-end X-Fi cards.  (Cards with the 'real' X-Fi chip do _not_ work
> well in Linux.)
> Other supported chips are ICE1724 (M-Audio Delta 1010(LT), DiO 2496,
> 66, 44, 410, Audiophile 24/96; Digigram VX442; TerraTec EWX 24/96,
> EWS 88MT/D, DMX 6Fire, Phase 88; Hoontech SoundTrack DSP 24/Value/
> Media7.1; Event EZ8; Lionstracs Mediastation, Terrasoniq TS 88) and
> VT1720/24 (AMP AUDIO2000; M-Audio Revolution 5.1, 7.1, Audiophile 192;
> TerraTec Aureon 5.1 Sky, 7.1 Space/Universe, Phase 22/28;
> Onkyo SE-90PCI, SE-200PCI; AudioTrak Prodigy 192, 7.1 (HIFI/LT/XT),
> HD2; Hercules Fortissimo IV; ESI Juli@; Pontis MS300; EGO-SYS
> WaveTerminal 192M).

Thanks.  I'll look over these cards.

> The most high-end supported cards are probably the Asus Xonar cards.
> The D2/D2X have even slightly better audio quality than the best X-Fi,
> and, as the obviously most important feature, colorfully illuminated
> jacks.  The various Dolby features are done in software in the Windows
> driver and are not supported in Linux.  If you need a PCI-E card, the
> Xonar DX or D2X are your only choice.

What about the Asus Xonar HDAV1.3?

John Rigg wrote:
>> The most high-end supported cards are probably the Asus Xonar cards.
> `High end' means different things in different situations of course.
> RME HDSP series are probably the `highest end' cards supported, but
> they need external converters, so they're probably unsuitable here.

The Xonar cards do look interesting, but I'd also like to carry one
higher-end card.  I'm looking for a single-slot PCI Express solution
that works as a standalone sound card, i.e. without any mandatory
external devices (though optional ones are fine).

Thanks for the information.


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