This is all I want to do:
Run a low noise signal from my new PC to powered speakers, for instance KRK or JBL. It's for music playback purposes, that's it.
This is the dilemma... PCI cards seem to be going away as the, what I would call the reliable-rugged-low noise standard. Maybe that's already happened. I've been using a M-Audio Delta 1010 with reliable results since 2002 on my DAW/media/music-production machine. Great value as far as I'm concerned. I'd go with an M-Audio Audiophile 192. However, it appears it's not being manufactured anymore. That means support might be an issue soon. Yes, I've seen them on eBay. That's a bad sign, it means they are becoming scarcer.
A few questions...
I suppose USB 2 and 3 are the new consumer standard for low noise digital/analog conversion?
For research purposes, what are manufacturers calling their devices these days... sound cards? Digital/analog converters?
M-Audio used to dominate this market because their drivers were reliable and their boxes were rugged. Who is the standard bearer these days?
Thanks in advance