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StarTech ICUSBAUDIO USB to Stereo Audio Adapter Converter

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This USB to Stereo Audio Adapter Converter lets you add headsets and microphones to your computer without the need to unplug other devices!

Compliant with USB 2.0 and USB audio device specification 1.0, this USB to audio adapter couldn't be any simpler to install.

Compatible with Windows 98SE and up, as well as Mac OS 9.x and later, the USB Audio Adapter integrates into any computer environment, providing superb sound quality and convenience that can't be matched.

  • newegg Plug and Play Running out of audio jacks? Now, with StarTech ICUSBAUDIO, you can add headsets and microphones to your computer without the need to unplug other devices!
  • newegg USB Port The StarTech ICUSBAUDIO adapter allows you to link your sound to a PC or MAC through the USB port instead of a sound card. Just plug in your headphones or speakers into the adapter and plug he adapter into a USB port.

Learn more about the STARTECH ICUSBAUDIO



Audio core

Audio Chipset
C-Media - CM108AH




External Box
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 8 / 8.1 (32/64bit), 7 (32/64), Vista (32/64), XP (32/64), 2000
Windows Server 2012, 2008 R2, 2003
Mac OS® 10.x (Tested up to 10.10)


Compliant with USB audio device class specification 1.0
USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 compliant

Physical Spec

0.60" x 1.60" x 3.10" (H x W x D)


Package Contents
1 - USB to Audio Adapter
1 - 9in USB Extension Cable
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years

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  • Joshua T.
  • 9/24/2014 6:31:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAdequate. Worth what I paid.

Pros: If you spent $20-$30 on your headset/mic, or got it free with software, and you have some problem with your laptop soundcard, then this will probably be exactly what you need..

The quality of the audio output is fine for anything I might want. The audio input is okay, but not great. Input quality was improved by checking "AGC" (Automatic Gain Control) in the system audio settings. It installed instantly on Win 7, with no problems.

I had loud hissing through the headphones on my laptop previously, with screeching if you wiggled the headphone jack, so my bar for quality was very low. I can use this for dictation.

Cons: The audio quality is not great. Adequate, but not great.

For better quality audio, I was recommended the Andrea USB adapter, but my headset isn't good enough to warrant a $40-$50 adapter.

Other Thoughts: It dramatically increases the output volume on the headphones. For me, that is not desirable. I'm doing transcription and dictation in a quiet room, not listening to music on the subway. If I've been using the built-in speakers, I've got to remember to turn the volume WAY DOWN before I use these.

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  • Joseph I.
  • 9/18/2014 3:37:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPlug 'N Play. Good Sound Quality

Pros: Easy install - just plug it in. I bought it because my headphone jack on my macbook stopped working. If you own a macbook, don't make the mistake I did and insert the minidisc into your optical drive ( it will get stuck ). Still works after the metal connector got bent the first day I used it, so it's pretty sturdy. Good sound quality - crystal clear, no real distortion.

Cons: none really, it does what it's supposed to.

Other Thoughts: Best value I've found for this kind of product.

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  • Matt G.
  • 8/21/2014 9:03:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUSB audio

Pros: Does exactly what it promotes. Plug and play usb audio.

Cons: This is purely based on your preference but it does stick out quite a bit from the USB port. If you are limited on space or if you just dislike having a device protruding from your computer then that would be considered a con.

Other Thoughts: Overall great product. Not expensive and works very well and has great sound quality. I used this on a Dell server motherboard that didn't come with audio ports and it works great. Not drivers or anything needed to install. Just plug and play.

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  • Jason K.
  • 2/19/2014 7:15:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDoes the job

Pros: Turns a usb port into an external soundcard.
Great for "new-age" laptops that only have a universal headphone/microphone port.
Volume and Bass that came out of this thing were a nice surprise.
Also nice when your front ports on your pc are acting up or you just don't have any, but do have a front USB port.

Cons: Sticks out a bit when plugged into the front of a tower or side of a laptop, but I think I just got spoiled with low profile Bluetooth dongles and flash drives.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this to go with a gaming headset that had 2 3.5mm ports and for a laptop with only 1 3.5mm ports. Of course the sound quality is better than the laptop's integrated audio, but I had no idea that it would be the equivalency to my internal desktop soundcard. The monsters in my games actually sound real. It is definitely worth the cash if your internal sound goes, or you want to step up your laptop sound quality, just remember that the thing does stick out a bit so you don't want to put it somewhere that could easily be kicked or knocked.

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  • John P.
  • 1/13/2014 6:24:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt works great!

Pros: Easy to install.
Long cable to make access easier.

Cons: Small cap comes with it. It's really easy to use.

Other Thoughts: I got this for my dad since his audio on his Mobo died.

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  • Tom V.
  • 10/17/2013 10:14:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

Pros: Does what it is supposed to.
Cheap, got on sale for $17.
Sounds great.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: For those that haven't figured it out. This will sound as good or better than on board audio BUT it will not use the currently installed sound drivers.
The comp I am using this on is at work and I want to listen to music but have no speakers. The realtek drivers that are installed have no affect when changed. You have to either install the included drivers or go to and download them. Just so I had the latest drivers I went to the site to get them. Just search ICUSBAUDIO for the model. After the drivers are installed plug this into USB and in the systray you can access a control panel where you can make adjustments.

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  • Jacque L.
  • 10/2/2013 11:26:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Device

Pros: As others have noted: You just plug it in and it works! It was used to replace the on-board sound card when it died. Minor note: comes with its own short extension cable to make it easier to fit the space on the mainboard.

Cons: None

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/10/2013 8:19:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHeadphone Enhancing

Pros: Enhances headphones. If you install the CD, then you have a control panel where when you select headphones instead of speakers, it focuses the image nicely. Also has an equalizer with user presets.

Cons: Not X-Fi sound - can't be expected, of course.

Other Thoughts: I use it on netbooks that probably couldn't use an X-Fi or Asus USB stick, as those list much more powerful processors as required. The little USB extension lets it plug in next to other USB devices.
I am using it with HD 280 Pro Sennheiser headphones, streaming KUSC classical radio.. Sounds nice. It has alot of extra loudness with those efficient phones, so it may be able to drive inefficient ones that don't play loudly on walkies.
Has lasted perfectly through time.
Bottom line, if I can't use an X-Fi, the headphone enhancement on this makes it precious. Be sure to install the CD and select Headphones in the panel.

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  • Juan D.
  • 7/9/2013 10:22:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBetter than my onboard card

Pros: -Better than my oboard Nvidia HD Audio
-Comes with installation instructions
-Comes with mini usb extension cable
-Usb extension removes tension between the usb port and device, as well as the 3.5mm jacks plugged in

Cons: -A little bulky, but that's fixed with the usb extension

Other Thoughts: I ordered this device as a fix for a client with a dead soundcard on their laptop. When testing it on my own computer, I was amazed at the sound output. Basses were rich and not overpowering, and the sound levels were a lot higher than my Nvidia HD Audio. I might order another one for myself.

Plug and play did not work for me. It installed the drivers via Windows, but I received no sound. After inserting the mini-cd that came with the usb device, I installed the driver via the setup.exe and restarted my pc. Afterward there was an icon on my taskbar that related to the usb device and the sound worked.

Another note: The mini-cd that came with the device had files on it for the drivers as well as the setup, and some files that weren't even written to the disc. It seemed like a not-so-professional installation cd. It still worked, nontheless.

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  • Tina C.
  • 7/2/2013 2:09:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: This is exactly what I needed, and it has more than what I asked for
-It playsback perfectly from what I can hear
-(extra) It plays all sounds and music louder than my internal sound card did, this is even better!
-If I ever need that extra foot for any usb, It comes with an extension cord.
This is what I needed and I got more than I asked for

Cons: A little bulky and mine came in the mail almost a week after I purchased it even though I paid for a faster shipping but that has nothing to do with the actual sound card itself. The sound card itself is flawless.

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