[PD] linux audio hardware

vanDongen/Gilcher gml at xs4all.nl
Thu Jul 22 00:56:01 CEST 2004

Does anybody know the difference between 7.1 and 8 channel audio?
I am really confused about this. Is it only the implied use, or is 7.1 already 
"encoded" in some way for a specific speaker setup (front L-M-R, mid L-R, 
back L-R plus a subwoofer) ??


On Tuesday 20 July 2004 14:37, Frank Barknecht wrote:
> Hallo,
> gerard van dongen hat gesagt: // gerard van dongen wrote:
> > AFAIK, firewire is not yet supported, although you might be able to
> > get it  to work with jack. Let's call it untested at best.  Does it
> > have to be either USB or Firewire? There are a lot of nice pci
> > cards with multi channel support, f.i. those based on the envy24
> > chips.  USB is not really ideal for audio, especially multichannel.
> > That would  probably require USB 2, and which means you need kernel
> > 2.6 (I think)  which can be difficult to set up for good audio
> > performance.
> Well, but USB1 works. For example the Audiotrak Maya 7.1 works fine -
> I have tested it - doing 8 channel output with ALSA (@ 16bit/44.1kHz
> only, but that's a restriction by the USB1 bandwith.) The Maya 7.1
> isn't expensive, too.
> Of course if PCI would be an option, it will always be better.
> Ciao

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