ANTEX ELECTRONIX STUDIOCARD
Category: Products / pc hardware / pci multi i/o
Added: 22-Apr-99 | Author: admin
New price: $ 1500 - (Dont have a UK price) | S/H price: ??
ANTEX ELECTRONIX STUDIOCARDI just found out about this card the other day.....so this is not a personal review of a product I've tried, like with the Tahaiti, Pinnacle, the DAL cards & the Soundblaster.......I must say though......although it seems to be an excellent product, I feel it is rather overpriced !!.......
The spec of the card is very high. You get 4 balanced analog outputs with high quality 18 bit DA's that can be set at either +4dBu or -10 dBV....& you also get AES/EBU or S/PDIF digital I/O......Also, the Studiocard is a 32 bit PCI bus card, so much better throughput should be expected over ISA based cards....You also get high quality balanced connectors as well.
Let's think about that.....Comparing the physical output/input facilities only, if you bought 2 Tahiti's + a DAL Digital Card D, it would set you back about the same amount of money.....and although I haven't heard this card, the spec is higher than a Tahiti....more around the Pinnacle/DAL level...which are more expensive....So it would seem to be a good deal....but now we have stuff like the Event Cards coming out, there is really no way these type of prices can be considered reasonable if Antex are expecting to crack the music market as a name product....(regardless of the quality !!) .....I'd say it should be more around the 900 - 1K mark with features such as this card has....There is competition now from the Korg 12/12 IO, and the Event Layla to name but two.
I'll have to check back with the distributors again to see if there's a price cut due....Probably this card is aimed more at professional mutimedia & video type applications, with features like code generation etc.....But, If you are seeking a high quality proffesionally spec'd card for your work, then give this 'Studiocard' a look.... The features certainly seem impressive !
Anyhow, here's the spec' list :
- 4-Channel digital audio
- PCI-based 32-bit card
- Balanced analog I/O
- Digital I/O
- Windows NT
- 92dB dynamic range
- Digital mixing with 32-bit floating-point precision
- SMPTE and MTC time code
- 16-bit A/D and 18-bit D/A
- 32-bit floating point DSP
- SPx connector
- MIDI port
- List price $1595
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