[Ukfreebsd] Recommendations for a PCI-e soundcard?

andy thomas andy at time-domain.co.uk
Tue Mar 21 16:46:16 GMT 2017


On Tue, 21 Mar 2017, Ruslan Bukin wrote:

> Depends on budget. I can recommend RME HDSPe AIO card, we have snd_hdspe driver for that.
> I am using it about 4 years and I think it provides the best sound quality across other supported cards. But it is expensive (it has FPGA chip for merging audio streams, which is not something you look for).

I had a look at this and it seems very nice - looks like it's intended for 
professional studio use. But I can't justify spending around 550 ukp on a 
sound card. Anyway, next week I will be able to borrow an Audigy RX 7.1 
card to try out so I'll report back here on progress.

Andy

> On Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 09:23:52AM +0000, andy thomas wrote:
>> I've long used FreeBSD as a desktop OS as well as for servers & firewalls,
>> etc and I've now started using a Dell Poweredge T710 tower server as a
>> desktop PC as it's fast with lots of memory & storage. But it has no PCI
>> slots, only PCI-e so I can't use tried & tested PCI bus sound cards in this
>> machine which are known to be supported by FreeBSD.
>>
>> I'm thinking of buying the Creative Audigy RX 7.1 as it seems to be based
>> on a revised version of the EMU10k2 chipset which I use under FreeBSD on
>> PCI-bus systems and won't be an expensive flop if I can't get it to work
>> under BSD (I can put it into a Linux box instead). But before doing so I
>> thought I'd ask here first in case someone has already got a PCI-e sound
>> card working under FreeBSD. Does anyone have any recommendations? By the
>> way, the card has to be a PCI-e x1 type as all the free slots are x1 (the
>> single x16 slot is already filled with a nVidia graphics card).
>>
>> Thanks in advance for any suggestions,
>>
>> Andy
>>
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