Re: Creative Labs Audigy 2 ZS PCMCIA Sound Card
- --- In email@example.com, "Ken Hall" <flntlock@...> wrote:
> Does anyone have experience with this sound card? I am using a Dell
> laptop and this card appears to have specifications comparable with
> M-Audio 9900 and am considering buying one.I have used one, in fact it is in my bench laptop running with Rocky
> Thanks for your help and comments.
> PS: Ordered a RXTX v6.2 earlier today.
and a SoftRock-like receiver right now on 40 meters.
It works OK, it is not the best, but for an inexpensive card for a
laptop computer, it is the best choice. There is no support for
Linux for record, so don't plan to use it as an SDR input under Linux.
If you can afford it, a Firewire card would be better. But, be
prepared to spend a few hundred dollars for one.
I think the last issue of QST reviewed various sound cards, includint
the Audigy 2 ZS PCMCIA. They kind of panned it, but there are very
few options for laptop use.
I use the Audigy PCMCIA for SoftRock Rx and Tx IF signals, and the
internal laptop sound card for audio out and mic in. This works
under Rocky, which requires separate sound cards. Under PowerSDR, I
have only done CW, as PowerSDR doesn't like two sound card operation,
eliminating a mic input.
The Audigy PCMCIA card has two outputs (line out and speaker out),
but only one input, which is selected between mic and line. It's the
same input jack, so you cannot feed both the receive QSD signal and a
mic input. At one time, I was going to build an audio switching
system for SoftRock transmitting, but haven't gotten to it yet.
Hope that helps.