M-Audio Audiophile 2496 PCI Digital Audio Card  

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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!

  • 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
  • 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

Audiophile 2496 PCI Digital Audio Card Specifications:

  • ASIO 2
  • MME
  • Sound Manager
  • OMS
  • DirectX
  • GSIF
  • Mac OS X Core Audio / Core MIDI
  • 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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from Texas

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

I can't imagine getting better recording sound than with this card. I don't even use a preamp, this card is so noise free. I'm not using MIDI, just the audio in/out with my guitars and the sound is perfect. Before, I plugged in via a USB audio card and the sound was noisy and weak and I just thought that I needed a preamp to quiet the noise, but I tried this card first and the sound is cd quality. I'm using a Mac, and recording with Garageband. I haven't used a mic with it yet, just plugging straight into the card, and I have no complaints. I don't even think I'll use a mic since it sounds so good.

(103 of 183 customers found this review helpful)


Great Audio Quality - Cheap Price


from Arlington, WA USA

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

Very few times can you spend $150 and get a great sound. The Audiophile gives you great 16/44.1 sound for just that. The 24/96 is only through the 2 channels of spdf inputs/outputs but the 44.1 is good enough for home recordings. Overall, this card is a great card for 2 channel recording!

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