Does anybody know how good the HRT Linestreamer+ sounds for converting stereo, unbalanced audio to digital?
Primarily I would use it with my Musical Fidelity V-LPS for vinyl digitizing.
I've looked at other products from Benchmark, Apogee, Behringer, Motu, Lynx, Prism, Weiss, Lavry, Forssell, Emu, etc.
I could be overlooking, but most of the above manufacturers don't seem offer a well-priced, simple solution for capturing 2-channel unbalanced line-level.
The HRT Linestreamer+ is asynchronous USB. The HRT costs $350, the upper end of my budget.
If I were to use USB at all, I expect that asynchronous would be necessary to prevent jitter (not sure about this, but I am wary.)
Firewire opens to the door to many products, but I can't seem to find any products that are simple like the HRT Linestreamer+.
Optical seems like it would open the door to jitter problems, so I believe I shall forgo any optical solution.
I would be open to an internal PCI or PCI-E solution for the desktop PC, but I would prefer an outboard solution. It seems that most PCI or PCI-E cards have far more features than I want. I would also like to keep the device away from the RFI/EMI of the computer.
Does anybody know how good the HRT Linestreamer+ is? I like its simplicity, the fact it uses asynchronous USB, and that it is barely within the budget. With HRT Linestreamer+, I could easily hack up a USB cable to connect a dedicated 5V power supply, even the 5V rail off my computer PSU is very clean.
Any advice is appreciated, thank you!