Re: USB sound card with Mic Input

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On Sat, 10 Jul 2021 03:35:47 +0100, Dmitri Seletski wrote:
>I have paid attention to Magni Heresy, as per suggestion. Seems like a 
>good AMP.
>Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - XLR mic, i have 3.5mm, so not much use for me 
>at this time... And it seems oriented at music semi-pro/semi-pro


you mentioned "I am beginner audiophile", what ever "audiophile" is
for, you probably want a decent sound. I've got a similar (more or less
equal) setup as Mark, a RME HDSPe AIO and for USB a Focusrite Scarlett
18i20 2nd Gen.

If you really want decent audio quality get a RME device, for USB it
would be a RME Babyface. For just one headphone, you don't need a
headphone amp, since the RME headphone outputs are known to be
excellent. RME audio devices are professional grade, as reference, they
sound better than usual consumer hi-fi gear from the 80s/90s.

The pro-sumer Focusrite Scarlett series is quite nice for modest
home recording, but the audio quality is not as good as of
usual consumer hi-fi gear from the 80s/90s, but still way better than
all those computer Realtek and Co. thingies.

You might not care too much about the jacks. The Scarlett jacks aren't
XLR, they are a combination of XLR and 6.3 mm jacks. You could use
an adapter cable, XLR to 3.5 mm or 6.3 mm to 3.5 mm. Some devices,
including the Scarlett series, even do not require special attention
related to balanced vs unbalanced IOs. However, when using some other
devices, converting between balanced and unbalanced requires some
attention, but it isn't rocket science either, so it doesn't harm to
care about it always, even if it's not necessary.

FWIW the Scarlett 1st and 2nd Gen might be completely different to the
current available 3rd Gen. I can only comment on the 2nd generation and
heard a lot about the 1st generation.

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