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Hi guys. I need a simple sound card. My "new" server doesn't have an onboard sound card so I need something simple to play music to my stereo. What I'm looking for: - Cheap. It seems that most stand alone cards are expensive gadgets targetted at high-end audio. I just want decent quality audio playback. I have no use for Dolby Digital 5.1, optical outputs, etcetera. - Linux compatible. I run Debian/etch. - PCI or PCI-X. The latter would be better since by server has four 64-bit PCI-X slots and only one regular PCI. I doubt simple PCI-X soundcards exist though. - Preferably have tulip output. You know, the two red/yellow plugs that you use to hook your DVD to your amplifier in old-fashioned stereo. Any advice?

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'Decent quality' and 'cheap' seem to be at odds with each other; I mean you could pick up a PCI sound card for £8 in the UK as to if it sounded any good however is another matter [wink]

Basically, if I was you I'd pick a price and then go and see what cards sit in that price bracket, maybe read a couple of online reviews of the cards if you can't decide directly [smile]

When it comes to output I'd be surprised if you found a sound card with that kind of output on it, they tend to only exist on 'break out boxes', however a cable to convert from phono to that type should be cheap enough to pick up.

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'Decent quality' and 'cheap' seem to be at odds with each other; I mean you could pick up a PCI sound card for £8 in the UK as to if it sounded any good however is another matter [wink]


Yeah well, I meant decent as in good enough for normal use. I don't need the high quality professional stuff with > EUR 200 cards.

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I don't think i have ever seen a sound cad that has had that output on it


I found two on newegg, but both of the very expensive variant. I guess I'll go with a simple one like you linked and then use a $2 jack to turn the headphone plug into tulip (RCA) plugs. It'll have to do until I can afford a stereo with S/PDIF input.

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I don't think i have ever seen a sound cad that has had that output on it


I found two on newegg, but both of the very expensive variant. I guess I'll go with a simple one like you linked and then use a $2 jack to turn the headphone plug into tulip (RCA) plugs. It'll have to do until I can afford a stereo with S/PDIF input.


That's what i would do. Good Luck!

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What you call "tulip" is actually known as "RCA connectors."

And the yellow is usually for composite video, whereas red and white are for stereo audio.

Why not use a USB audio interface? Those work on Linux these days, and the selection is better than for low-end PCI cards.

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Because forwarding a PCI device from a Xen host system to a guest system is pretty stable in Xen. USB forwarding is not as stable (ofcourse, I could forward the entire PCI that the internal USB hub sits on, but that's overkill). I'm running my music server as a Xen guest.

Also, I don't like stuff sticking out of my server at the back, but that's just personal :-)

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