Re: USB sound card with Mic Input

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I have 3 of these now, about $15 each, reasonably happy with them.
Shipping from China is about 2 weeks minimum.  lsusb identifies them
as "C-Media Electronics, Inc. CM106 Like Sound Device".  The last
couple have mic jacks.

On 8/3/21, Dmitri Seletski <drjoms@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Thanks Ralf,
> I could not order  Scarlett device, and it seems to me that RME Babyface
> is not what would suite me.
> Shiit Hel can not be sold to me in EU.
> Can someone suggest alternatives?
> Good relatively inexpensive (150-300$) Linux USB DAC with possibility of
> mic?
> Thank you in advance!
> On 7/10/21 5:31 AM, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
>> 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
>>> youtubers.
>> Hi,
>> 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.
>> Regards,
>> Ralf
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