Hi David:

That's a real bummer. Those are my front-line ADC's too.

There has been much progress in recent years with external ADC's. However, I keep reading articles 
and papers about the USB connection not being ideal due to jitter and latency issues. And yet, 
firewire keeps getting de-emphasized by hardware manufacturers. I'm also not sure what role video 
circuitry plays in a modern Windows system. Even thru XP, there was some interaction between digital 
audio and the video subsystem, I'm not expert enough to discuss details but there are articles and 
white papers out there.

If you're doing your analog-to-digital conversion externally and then "recording" an AES/EBU stream, 
it seems like you could use a very simple interface, but again I'm not sure how much clocking and 
latency matter in that setup.

I've had some CardDeluxe cards since 1999 and they still work fine. Why not just recycle them as you 
upgrade computers, or are you building out more workstations and now need a new way to skin the cat?

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Seubert" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, August 09, 2011 1:38 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] digital input sound card recommendation

> This discussion has come up repeatedly over the years but I just learned that the Digital Audio 
> Labs CardDelux has been discontinued. I'm not sure why they have been discontinued, but we got a 
> call from the manufacturer who said that they are "obsolete." We have long used their cards (we 
> are a PC shop) and I need to spec out another PC-based audio workstation. I use the CardDelux for 
> the AES/EBU digital inputs.
> What are people using for digital input from an external ADC these days? Is there an equivalent 
> sound card to the DAL card with AES/EBU digital inputs? I know some ADCs offer firewire/USB 
> outputs, but I haven't really explored that.
> Please send any suggestions to me on or off list.
> David Seubert