Originally Posted by MTVhike
So, for digitizing LPs, is limiting it to CD quality significant? All three Behringers are available from B&H at the same price, so I'm thinking about the 202 and using its preamp. But, if I want to use my receiver's preamp, would the receiver's line out overload the 202? Looking at other options, what about the ESI U24 XL - USB Digital Audio Interface? At $110, it's more expensive, but it is 24/196.
has a switch to select between PHONO and LINE, so it will do both. And it should have no problem with the REC/TAPE/Pre Out of an amplfier.
As to 16b/48k vs 24b/192k that depends on whether you will download High-Resolution Files. If you rip a CD there is no point in having more than CD Quality (16b/44.1k). If you are ripping Vinyl, with background noise, I'm not sure there is any point to ripping at greater than CD quality.
But for Studio work, or playing High-Resolutions files, there is an advantage to 24b/192k. But ... will you actually use it that way?
Here is another USB interface that you might want to consider -
Behringer U-Phoria UMC204HD USB 2.0 Audio Inteface - 24b/192k - B&H - $79 -
Notice it has Level Controls on each channel, if an input is too high or too low, it can be adjusted. It also has Clipping Indicator Lights to warn you if you are over-driving the inputs. Plus there is a Master Level Control and a separate Headphone amp with volume control. It supports both LINE and Mic/Instrument Input. It is basically a lower cost Scarlett 2i2.
After you are done recording, this could also act as a convenient interface between your computer and your Monitor and Headphones for every day use. The U-Phoria
could act as a Master Volume Control for your Computer/Monitors.
If you just want something to do this one basic task, then consider the Behringer UCA202, UCA222
, or the UFO202, and perhaps the UMC204HD
above. Those are all very affordable, and the UMC202HD
at $79 is not going to break the bank, and it is more versatile than the other options. Again, it is basically a lower cost Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
for about HALF the money.
So, you can compare, here is the Scarlett 2i2 ($159) -
If you want full 24b/192k Record and Playback, I'm not sure there is a better bargain than the Behringer UMC204HD
Because these use a combination XLR/1/4" Phone connector, you will probably need some of these RCA to 1/4" Phone adapters
Though there are other options for adapting connectors. Such as RCA to XLR Adapters -