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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

Model

Brand
StarTech
Model
ICUSBAUDIO

Audio core

Audio Chipset
C-Media - CM108AH

Ports

MIC In
Yes

Spec

Interface
USB
External Box
Yes
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)
Linux

Features

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

Physical Spec

Dimensions
0.60" x 1.60" x 3.10" (H x W x D)
Weight
1.90oz.

Packaging

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

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Nancy M.
  • 1/22/2015 6:21:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood little sound card

Pros: Had a generic computer build by our previous IT department who's motherboard sound card stopped working. This little device plugged right into one of the USB ports and the speakers plugged into it. No problems (on Windows 7 Professional). Working for over a month now.

Cons: Our Network File Servers don't have sound cards and I tried running this on one of them to see if it could also be of use. They are running Windows Server 2008 and the computer did not recognize this device. I knocked an Egg off of the rating for this, but probably shouldn't have since I didn't investigate it further and the description doesn't say that it would work with that operating system.

Other Thoughts: The lady running this workstation kept nagging me that she couldn't listen to her internet radio. This nifty little device solved that problem and she is now happy!

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  • Roger S.
  • 1/9/2015 9:49:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt really works.

Pros: Installs instantly and it works.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I bought this because one of my jacks wasn't working. The night before receiving this item, I got my jack working. Once I received the USB sound adapter, I decided to see if it really works. The sound is excellent. In fact, it may even sound better than my onboard sound card. There is no question that I would recommend this product to other people.

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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 startech.com 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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