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M-Audio Audiophile 2496 PCI Digital Audio Card  

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MF Change. The M-Audio Audiophile 2496 PCI Digital Audio Card gives you 2 analog ins and 2 outs on RCA jacks plus S/PPIF for total of 4 ins and 4 out...Read More

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All-in-one soundcard for multitrack recording and computer-based home theater.

MF Change. The M-Audio Audiophile 2496 PCI Digital Audio Card gives you 2 analog ins and 2 outs on RCA jacks plus S/PPIF for total of 4 ins and 4 outs of high-quality I/O. Channels support 24-bit data width and any sampling rate from 8kHz to 96kHz. Compatible with all major programs running on PCs and Macs.

Coaxial outputs are Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound capable, making the Audiophile perfect for digital recording, analog or digital transfers, mixing and mastering, as well as DVD and home theater applications. Connect a line-level signal from your instrument, mixer, or preamp; or plug the record outputs of your stereo receiver into the analog RCA jacks located on the PCI card. Record digital audio signals from your DAT, MiniDisc, CD, or external A/D converter via the coaxial S/PDIF input located on the break-out cable.

The Audiophile 2496 comes with Ableton Lite 4 Music production software so you can start creating right out of the box!

FEATURES
  • Award-winning 24-bit/96kHz digital audio card
  • 2x2 full-duplex audio performance
  • Gold-plated RCA jacks
  • S/PDIF digital I/O with 2-channel PCM and AC-3/DTS passthrough
  • 1x1 MIDI I/O
  • Zero-latency monitoring
  • Software-controlled 36-bit internal DSP mixing/routing
  • Apple G5 compatible
  • APPLICATION:
  • 24-bit/96kHz multitrack recording
  • MIDI recording and playback
  • Supports digital transfers and digital mastering
  • A great card for LP/cassette-to-CD transfers
  • Ideal for computer-based home theater and hi-fi systems

Click or call now to order this phenomenally affordable gateway to computer-based audio.

SPECIFICATIONS

Audiophile 2496 PCI Digital Audio Card

  • COMPATIBILITY:
  • ASIO 2
  • MME
  • Sound Manager
  • OMS
  • DirectX
  • GSIF
  • Mac OS X Core Audio / Core MIDI
  • MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:
  • PC:
  • Windows 98SE / Me / 2000 (SP4) / XP (SP1)
  • For 96kHz operation: Pentium III 500mHz w/ 128MB RAM
  • For 48kHz operation: Pentium II 400 w/ 64MB RAM
  • MAC:
  • G3* 500MHz with OS 9.2.2, 128MB RAM
  • G4* 500MHz with OS X 10.1.5, 10.2.6 or greater, 256MB RAM
  • OMS 2.3.8 for MIDI under OS 9.2.2
  • * G3/G4 accelerator cards not supported; OS 10.3 required for Dolby
  • Digital and dts pass-through with Apple DVD Player
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M-AudioAudiophile 2496 PCI Digital Audio Card
 
4.2

(based on 32 reviews)

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Nice basic card for multitracking/studio apps

I connect my guitar effects processor to this either via spdif or rca. the sound quality esp 24 bit is super in this card. It is GSIF compatible so you can use TASCAM Giga...Read complete review

I connect my guitar effects processor to this either via spdif or rca. the sound quality esp 24 bit is super in this card. It is GSIF compatible so you can use TASCAM Giga studio for very very very super real samples. The down side is that if you add another card for other purposes or a dvd decoder card and have to route things manually, things can become incompatible and you TASCAM GSTUDIO might not work and sound may not be produced from this card even when you have setup sound setting correctly. your internal routing will be messed up. I had such a problem. I removed the dvd decoder and used the built in video card for dvd playback then everything became ok. However I can't use the GStudio because my other card which also has GSIF compatibility supposedly is a Terratech DMX 6Fire. Both cards have the ICensemble ENVY24 chip. There is some noised, machine computer noise that I can hear when everything is idle. However I have not detected it in any recordings. May be it is masked well. Now this is a decent buy for the money. I bought this about 4 years ago and it is till working. Works great with protools m-powered.The whole package comes with a lot of demo software and lots of little software packages but what is included keeps changing.

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Not OS 9 compatible

This product is not compatible with Mac OS 9.2.2 -- regardless of the published system requirements. I learned this only after several emails back and forth with M-Audio tech support and then a lengthy...Read complete review

This product is not compatible with Mac OS 9.2.2 -- regardless of the published system requirements. I learned this only after several emails back and forth with M-Audio tech support and then a lengthy phone call (wait time 30 mins.) at which point the rep informed there was no MIDI driver for 9.2.2 and none planned. Ok, so they only support OS-X which is understandable, but then they should not advertise the card as compatible with OS 9. Also, it's probably worth pointing out that the CD the card shipped with contained -- get this -- no drivers. (what?!) I'm stuck with it now and will have to use another interface for MIDI. I probably will not buy another M-Audio product based on this experience.

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4.0

Great card

By Billyboy517

from Bayonne NJ

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

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    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events

    Comments about M-Audio Audiophile 2496 PCI Digital Audio Card:

    The team was very helpful in helping me with the card and understanding it's function. Thanks Guy's

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    1.0

    Makes me go "hhmm?"

    By John

    from High Desert, So Calif.

    About Me Professional Musician

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          Comments about M-Audio Audiophile 2496 PCI Digital Audio Card:

          I just don't get it. The sound quality may be great, low latency etc. But only a 2 X 2 full duplex? There are many sound cards out there with excellent sound quality, low latency etc. that offer a 4 x 4 full duplex operation for the same price, and are compatible with Sonar, Cubase, Samplitude, Cakewalk, Logic, Reason and a host of other DAW's.

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          4.0

          It's an ok product but lacks useful features...

          Comments about M-Audio Audiophile 2496 PCI Digital Audio Card:

          I run a home studio and have been using this card for two years now. It works ok for my use but may not be for everyone. Even I see and am choked by it's limits.Pros:- The card sounds great when it works properly.- It is very simple to install.- plenty of manuals and good packaging.- Comes with some software demos...- Low latency direct monitoring.Cons:- Every now and then I get static and M-Audio cant seem to fix it, others at teh message board have the same issues...- the non-balanced RCA style inputs are not a good choice...- No preamps on board so you need to run a preamp or small mixer into this card.- Hard to connect monitors to as there are only RCA outs.- The ProSessions and ProTools M-Powered CDs are ONLY DEMOS.Overall, It's an ok card and does the job....but it lacks the ins and outs as well as proper connections and features to be as useful as something like a PreSonus Inspire 1394 external interface.

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          1.0

          Midi, Latency, and Vista Problems

          By ANJL54

          from Lubbock, TX

          Comments about M-Audio Audiophile 2496 PCI Digital Audio Card:

          I've had this card for about 4 years. I've had bad latency problems with it, but overcame them by using the headphones. It has never played back any midi files - I have to use my C-Media Surround Sound Card. I would have replaced it years ago but I'm disabled and on a fixed income so I couldn't afford to replace it. Now that I have upgraded to Vista, I can't get it to work at all. Nothing plays back through it - neither wav nor midi files. I've checked the inputs, outputs, AISO drivers and everything. Nothing works although my system says that it works. I get no sound, so now I'm either going to have to downgrade to XP or change cards. I'm looking for another card. I abhor this card and hopefully can find another that is affordable.

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          5.0

          Great card for the price

          Comments about M-Audio Audiophile 2496 PCI Digital Audio Card:

          I got one of these about 4 years ago and I recorded an entire demo with it! I used Cakewalk Home studio and though there are some latency issues with it if you have the input monitoring on, overall it records and plays back great!The thing I love about this is that you can sunc up to 4 of them in one computer, and my band is currently recording our independent album on it! If I could find some hardware that uses S/PDIF we could expand our mic'ing capabilites and maybe do the next CD live-to-disk!

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          5.0

          good enough for production

          By 56k

          from Hong Kong, China

          Comments about M-Audio Audiophile 2496 PCI Digital Audio Card:

          Sound pure! Very easy to definition mp3 or Wave audio. Driver and control panel is smart. For unbalance audio cable, RCA plug is more more better than 1/4" phone! This card design in simple and perfect.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good Quality Audio Card for Musicians

          Comments about M-Audio Audiophile 2496 PCI Digital Audio Card:

          I've owned this card for years, almost since M-Audio first started selling it. I've had it installed on different computers, and used it with a wide variety of music and audio software, and with different versions of Windows. It's always come through for me, working well when other sound cards and drivers didn't. The audio quality is about the best you'll find anywhere for a 24 bit/96KHz card. You get stereo ins and outs on RCA jacks, MIDI on a breakout cable, and more channels on S/PDIF if you can use it. The best part is that M-Audio has continued to develop the driver for this product, so there are ongoing enhancements and support for new OS versions. The overall value of this product is unbeatable.

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          4.0

          Most worthy buy.

          By johnlight

          from Athens, GR

          Comments about M-Audio Audiophile 2496 PCI Digital Audio Card:

          I have this soundcard for more than 3 years now, and:1) So far it hasn't caused me a single problem2) Not so many features, but still more than you can guess on first sight. Combined with a good mixer, you can work miracles.3) Not the best sounding card, but more than decent. Until some years ago, people were recording whole albums with this piece of gear.4) I would prefer it with balanced ins/outs. Not that there is any REAL problem with the supplied ones.5) Only now I am looking for an upgrade, but then again... maybe I will stick with it and just buy a better mixer to connect! :-))All in all:Definatelly worth 100% of the money. You get the job done, and possibly better than you expect.

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          4.0

          Good Card For the Price

          By Mike-kVHKM

          from Varmont

          Comments about M-Audio Audiophile 2496 PCI Digital Audio Card:

          I bought this card 4 years ago and it still works.I record with a 6 channel Behringer mixer, and go from that to the RCA jacks on the card. When I used Acid pro to record I had no problems, but now I use cool edit pro and it skips while recording, the tracks sound like a scratched CD. I?m probably going to buy a fire wire or USB mixer. I recommend this card if you buy the recommended recording software. It's a good deal for the price. The control Panel works well for the software that comes with it.

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          5.0

          Has everything you need.

          By John R

          from Austin, TX

          Comments about M-Audio Audiophile 2496 PCI Digital Audio Card:

          I've been using these cards for a couple years. When I used a Mac, I had one in there and it was flawless, never any problems or glitches. The sound was also great, as good as any recording on cd.Now I use it in my Windows PC. There's definitely more issues with it in a PC. The driver thing is just silly. I had to download the old driver just to get it to work. The latest just wouldn't do it. Installing the driver would make my pc reboot...then reboot again about 5 times. I dunno what the deal was.After all that was over it sounds great. I used Guitar Rig2 and Cubase SX3 and it's perfect...BUT you have to install ASIO drivers to get rid of LATENCY (lag).Of course, Windows is a lot more buggy than Mac, so I don't blame the card for that. I don't see any point in buying a more expensive card when this does the same thing.

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