Completely agree re ext USB audio.
No specific endorsement of this model, just an example that there are many high
quality (I'd call this "prosumer") USB interfaces for remarkably low prices.
Mackie is a well respected pro audio company & this interface on sale $69.
Might have to get or make patch cables as it's 1/4" phone.
Considering the availability of pro quality for comparable prices, I'd opt for
something like this or from other similar companies like Tascam, etc (see
K9YC's list) over a consumer Sound Blaster.
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> On Aug 12, 2017, at 9:06 AM, Neil Zampella <ne...@techie.com> wrote:
> FWIW ... I do a lot of JT65/JT9/FT8 digital, and I would definitely suggest
> getting an external USB soundcard for such work.
> 1. It eliminates the probably of transmitting any OS sounds/beeps/alarms
> along with your digital audio.
> 2. Provides good isolation capabilities
> 3. While I'm assuming most built-in laptop soundcards can provide the 48kHz
> DVD quality playback/recording you need for programs like WSJT-X, you
> definitely will have that in many of the external soundcards. I use a
> Sound Blaster SBX proaudio soundcard I got a Amazon for around $60-65. I've
> used it with my IC-715, and KX3 without any issues.
> Neil, KN3ILZ
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