Originally Posted by lipidicman
Thanks. I have the X-DACv3 or the Cyrus DACX in my view. When my wallet recovers
I have found the M-Audio unit for £94.99 at dv24, any better deals?
Any reason I should just get a transit? (I have a spare XCAN until I get a DAC)
How does this thing compare to the Edirol UA-25?
95 quid is the standard price for a new Audiophile USB in the UK. You might be able to find better deals if you don't mind pre-owned/used. Have a look on eBay.
Well I have absolutely no experience with Roland/Edirol equipment apart from the Roland electronic organ that my dad used to have before the Rodgers. Just looking at its specs, I can only say that it is very designed. It's got plenty of I/O options, but that says nothing about its sound quality. It is 30 quid more than the Audiophile USB though, so it may very well be better. The full metal casing also contributes to its higher price. It might also be important to note that the Edirol runs purely on USB power, which is arguably not as great as mains power. Do you have any idea what they mean by 48V Phantom Power? There's a switch on the back for it.
EDIT: Wikipedia article on phantom power: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_power
To be frank with you, I still don't understand
EDIT2: If you don't mind paying even more, then there's the 0404 USB: http://www.dv247.com/invt/35906/
It's got rather impressive specs but also a much higher price tag. The only drawback I can see is the limited analogue line output options: TS and 1/8" jack. It would've been great to see some RCA outputs, but I guess these USB audio interfaces are all designed for people who record/master on-the-go. I would be somewhat disappointed if the 0404 USB doesn't sound noticeably better than the Audiophile USB.