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  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Price: 5
  • Quality: 4
  • Ease Of Use: 5
  • Usefulness: 5
Good dongle for Skype, not more – Virtual 5.1-Surround USB 2.0 External Sound Card Reviews

posted by boober on 04/21/2010 Certified Owner

Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

Pros:
Good solution if You want to use a legacy 2x3.5mm headset for Skype. Pretty cheap and easy-to-use with no additional drivers under W2k+ . IT based on TP6911 IC that's initially for simple SkypePhones, so make it up with 7 keys, and maybe You get fine DIY USB Phone :)
Cons:
Output sound is noisy in pauses (sounds like it has compressor inside, but really not), so it's not a TI's PCM2xxx and will not update Your system to an audiophilic monster. It has just PWM pulse out with artifical midpoint, so it's quite impossible to use it as HQ Linear Out. Also being connected to an old HP A700 notebook with a cheap USB hub, it hangs all the system in two seconds of sound, possibly due to weaky USB power, altough other USB devices like RF and wired mouses, BTs and fashdrives was properly work.
Other:
Anyway, it's a wery useful and cheapy device with a fine DIY potential :) I bought 5, and plan to try with a multitrack recordings for our band demo (if it will be possible to attach more than 1 simultaneously). Of course, it has just demo sound quality.. However, as my girl said, it's GREEN! :))
Bottomline:
Good buy for it's price, but think well what for do You need it :)

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