Originally Posted by facelvega
This is actually a very interesting question in that the 0404 USB is such a darling here and the 0202 relatively unheard. ...... The dac chips are different, and so I'm guessing just from what I've read and know about digital sources that in a head-to-head test it might well be a question of different flavors as much as the 0404 being an improvement.
That should be the case. Given that the devices use the same driver, both must use the same USB transfer method that avoids some of the issues involved with standard Windows USB Audio Devices, which I presume is one of the reasons why the 0404 USB sounds so good.
Originally Posted by bocosb
im curious about this too.. searching for emu 0202 on head fi didnt gave me any clue
maybe someone will make a head-to-head comparison
If one owns an 0404 USB, there isn't much reason to have an 0202 USB, too.
I'm not into recording, but I don't understand why it makes sense to buy an 0202 USB with only one mic pre, when at street prices it costs only a bit more to get the 0404 USB with two mic pres and more capability. We all need to remember that these devices were conceived first and foremost for amateur recording, not computer-based playback systems.