|Originally posted by 3Double
I was looking at those RME cards and thinking wouldn't it be better if the cards were external, so as to seperate them from all the noise and/or vibration inside the case?
I know midiman makes external cards, and so do a lot of high end pc audio companies.
The RME looks sweet, but alas, it's internal.
So what? These cards are designed to withstand the environment inside a PC, in a way that typical electronics would not be. I think it's a false assumption to believe that anything inside a PC must sound worse, simply because it's inside a PC.
There's a lot of electrical noise inside a typical CD player (and in/around the rest of a typical home setup as well) from CD transport motors, laser mechanism motors, LED and LCD displays, various chips that emit RFI, power supplies that emit 60 Hz line noise EMI, etc... for some reason nobody complains about those, but this notion about the horrors inside a PC that destroy sound quality continue to persist... strange. But if you're just averse to the idea of it, then so be it I guess...