I'm sorry to add yet another one of these threads onto the pile but it seems like the best answers to my specific question are now dated by a couple years.
I'm looking for an external USB sound card that will do two things as well as possible: 1) record vinyl rips from phono preamp or mixer; 2) act as a DAC for computer headphone listening.
I'm not looking to rip my entire vinyl collection or conduct any type of meticulous archiving, I'm simply looking to rip specific records/songs and the occasional all vinyl mix (from a mixer in this latter case). I currently use a NAD PP2 as a phono pre into my Denon 2112ci for listening (and would be happy to continue using the NAD before the USB card).
Other then that I'd love to take this opportunity to upgrade my digital headphone listening (currently using B&W P5's but an upgrade is imminent). Being able to upgrade my computer headphone listening would be a huge plus as I review music for work and my desktop is currently my weakest link.
The E-Mu 0404 looks like a solid option for me and I know it's well reviewed, I'm essentially looking for some (possibly newer or overlooked) alternatives to research. USB is a must and use will be nothing but headphones and stereo recording.
Thanks in advance.
EDIT: I've changed the thread name after realizing that both of these products I'm most interested in are discontinued (not that that means they aren't viable options at all). Wondering if anybody has any suggestions for current production models. Thanks.
Edited by hereatlast - 5/5/13 at 9:54am