A reader poll last spring on our website indicated that a significant proportion of audiophiles—a quarter—is dead set against the idea, yet both Microsoft, with Windows Media Player 9, and Apple, with iTunes, seem convinced that the future of domestic music reproduction involves computers. Recording of November How the Future Would Be. Recording of June Echo makes much of the fact that the card actually has four pairs of “virtual” outputs. A small blue LED on its top lights up when the card is running. Cary Audio SLI integrated amplifier.

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Of course, eventually I did inadvertently unplug the card without first powering it down. These faders operate in the digital domain, so they reduce signal resolution by one bit for every 6dB of gain reduction. For straightforward music playback, Echo recommends leaving the console faders at 0dB if at all possible, and using the analog volume control to set listening level. When I plugged it back in, the cursor froze on the screen and the PowerBook wouldn’t recognize it.


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Among the supplied software is a basic mixing console program v. Each pair of output tracks has a meter, fader, mute, and pan controls see screen shot ; a similar set is provided to control the analog input. Recording of January Kingko Audio and Omega. Bonus Recording of December Echo is concerned that the card not be unplugged without it first being turned off with the CardBus icon on the toolbar Mac OSX or the Unplug Hardware toolbar command Windows.


To support that idea, both Apple- and Windows-based computers the latter with Intel’s about-to-be-launched HD Audio technology are promoting hi-rez audio playback.

ECHO Indigo IO PCMCIA CardBus II Notebook Audio Interface

A thumbwheel on top of inigo block controls volume, and the output stage is robust enough to drive a pair of headphones to high levels. But other than those lacks, it offers a high degree of functionality, including full-duplex operation—you can monitor your recording as you record it.

Six Suites for Viola Solo. Still no blue light. Pcmxia in or register to post comments. Bonus Recording of November Roon Labs Roon v.

Echo makes much of the fact that the card actually has four pairs of “virtual” outputs. Extracting Music from your PC. Related Latest Galleries Recommended. Cambridge Audio Edge A integrated amplifier. I then restarted the computer, and everything seemed okay—until I plugged in the headphones, at which point the blue light went out and the screen went dark. We have been warned. The integration of computers into high-end audio is contentious.


Joan Baez In Concert, Part 2. Shop Recordings Buyer’s Guides More. So if your music-production software supports multiple discrete outputs, you can select each of the Indigo’s virtual outputs and use the console mixer to output a stereo feed. The card will run under Windows Me, and XP. Stereophile’s Products of Leave this field blank. But there are other high-end computer audio manufacturers that we have neglected, most notably Lynx and Echo, whose products have gotten much word-of-mouth praise on the Internet.

Compared with PCI soundcards intended for desktop use, the Indigo IO doesn’t have digital ins and outs and doesn’t support external clocking of its converters.

I trashed the driver, emptied the Trash so OSX wouldn’t helpfully find it, restarted the computer, reinstalled the software, and plugged the card back in. The TiBook’s screen blackout is usually a sign that a peripheral device is asking idnigo a little too much power.

Logitech Squeezebox Touch network music player. Recording of October