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Can you recommend me a good ASIO card?

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I'm building a new setup and my EMU 1616m has had too many driver problems in the past. I want to purchase a new ASIO card that will let me run a lot of samples without cracking or poping at low latency (real-time playback).
 
Can someone recommend me a good ASIO sound card that is sub $500? Hoping to spend about 200-300, but 500 is my max. Thanks!
 
My specs:
CPU: i7-3930K
Ram: 32GB
MB: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
Cubase on Intel 520 SSD
Samples on 3TB Black Hard Drive.
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Originally Posted by crewxp View Post

I'm building a new setup and my EMU 1616m has had too many driver problems in the past. I want to purchase a new ASIO card that will let me run a lot of samples without cracking or poping at low latency (real-time playback).
 
Can someone recommend me a good ASIO sound card that is sub $500? Hoping to spend about 200-300, but 500 is my max. Thanks!
 
My specs:

CPU: i7-3930K

Ram: 32GB
MB: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme

Cubase on Intel 520 SSD

Samples on 3TB Black Hard Drive.

Asus Xonar STX $150ish or if you only need the digital streaming capability to your external gear with ASIO, the M2Tech HiFace Two $185
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The STX also has a headphone amp thats good enough for high impedance headphones.

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For music, better to buy ST version... But in general, it is quite the same.

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Maybe its better for you not to use ASIO at all, for real time playback, 

 

 

I cant think of any card better than 1616M for the price, but for your budget you should consider any RME, nice driver support..


Edited by sonci - 5/25/12 at 2:51pm
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Originally Posted by MHOE View Post

For music, better to buy ST version... But in general, it is quite the same.

I think they differ in PCI/E otherwise the same.

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