Linked by Rahul on Wed 15th Apr 2009 08:58 UTC
Linux PulseAudio 0.9.15 has been released with many new features. Phoronix covers the changes: "PulseAudio 0.9.15 introduces native support of Bluetooth audio devices using BlueZ, Apple Airport Express support, flat volume support (similar to Vista's audio controls), on-the-fly reconfiguration of audio devices, and native support for 24-bit samples. The on-the-fly reconfiguration of audio devices is great and as a result there is now proper S/PDIF support. With the release of PulseAudio 0.9.15 also comes an update to the PulseAudio Volume Control program. The PulseAudio Volume Control 0.9.8 update brings support for configuring sound card profiles and various other updates."
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RE[2]: Useless
by Invincible Cow on Thu 16th Apr 2009 14:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Useless"
Invincible Cow
Member since:
2006-06-24

No, I don't use USB audio devices, and that's because USB audio devices are useless. You see, the whole USB audio thing is flaky and won't ever give you the performance of a firewire audio device.

If you don't need that performance, why would you invest in an expensive soundcard?

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RE[3]: Useless
by darknexus on Thu 16th Apr 2009 16:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Useless"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Thank you for proving you have no idea what you're talking about. My USB sound card cost a huge $20 USD. Wow, really expensive. I got it for the simple reason that I needed something better than the onboard card in my laptop, which picks up noise from the internal hd. The USB audio card doesn't, and that's why I got it. If I were going for high performance, I'd have gone with firewire... but I wasn't. And just because you don't use something doesn't mean the rest of us won't use it. The "oh, you don't need that" argument tossed around from time to time is a thinly-veiled admission that you have nothing really to say about the issue.

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RE[3]: Useless
by AdamW on Thu 16th Apr 2009 19:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Useless"
AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

I used a USB sound card on my old laptop as it had no S/PDIF output on the onboard adapter, and I use one on my HTPC because it's run out of PCI slots (and again, no S/PDIF on the onboard).

There's two good excuses...

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