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M-Audio Audiophile 192 Professional Sound Card
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Written by Gizmo   
Tuesday, 24 October 2006 12:38

The M-Audio Audiophile 192 professional sound card was announced late in 2004. The "Audiophile" name was succeeded from the previous model, Audiophile 2496. But nevertheless this product is not intended for audiophiles. Balanced TRS connectors and the Delta series indicate that Audiophile 192 is a modern and affordable professional sound card for a home/project sound studio. A single PC can host up to four such cards.

Two analog inputs and four analog outputs are card's key feature, so let's take a closer look at them.

Main Outputs 1/2 (1/4" TRS) support balanced/unbalanced connections. Output signal is strictly assigned to the first MME device and is designed for connecting mixing consoles, headphones amplifiers, and recording devices. Its volume is fixed at maximum and cannot be changed.

Monitor Outputs ? (1/4" TRS) support balanced/unbalanced connections. Output signal is defined by card internal hardware mixer (can monitor signals from digital and analog inputs/outputs) and is designed for connecting active monitors.

Is a dedicated output really a plus can be questioned. Given the card is connected to an analog mixer, it solves the problem of separating and adjusting headphones and monitor signal levels. As for the enhanced routing and mixing capabilities, these are not that demanded from an internal stereo sound card. We suppose a dedicated headphones amplifier (like that of M-Audio Revolution 5.1 or ESI MAYA 44) would be more useful.

Read more at Digit-Life

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