Creative 5.1 USB External Soundcard

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by eddiedietz, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. eddiedietz

    eddiedietz Guest

    I just bought a Creative 5.1 USB External Soundcard to get surround sound from my computer to my surround system. I noticed that the external soundcard has a microphone input integrated. I was wandering if anyone knows the quality of that input? Is it an equivalent to a cheap microphone preamp or is it as bad as plugin your microphone directly to your computers mini-jack stick?

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  2. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

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    It is not equivalant to a cheap preamp more like plugging into the minijack.
     
  3. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

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    Those minijack mic inputs are meant for consumer-grade stereo electret mics that require "plug-in power". They aren't suitable for connecting professional microphones that normally have balanced, low-impedance outputs. That said, if you plug a decent pro-sumer stereo mic like the Sony ECM-MS957 into an SB Extigy external soundcard, you get a surprisingly good audio result, albeit with a relatively high noise floor.
     

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