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StarTech ICUSBAUDIO7D 7.1 Channels 16-bit 48KHz USB Interface Audio Adapter External Sound Card

  • 7.1 Channels
  • 16-bit 48KHz
  • USB Interface

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Thomas L.
  • 7/15/2015 6:42:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsStrange Recording Problem

Pros: Mostly worked as promised. Connected very easily, does NOT need to be reconnected after laptop standby.

Cons: I bought this specifically for a laptop that is more or less permanently connected to my stereo. The output was fine, though I used the stereo out only. But I needed this to be able to record, since the laptop did not have a stereo input. I would guess that I had ripped from vinyl about 16 hours of music. I started to notice about 4 months after purchase that some of the tracks had significant noise in the middle of the song. Not every song, and not every album, but still there, for perhaps 10 seconds or more at random.

So now I am in the process of reviewing every second that was recorded, and I am re-ripping using a Behringer device, which has no problems.

I cannot recommend this device for anyone who wants to record.

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  • Alexander H.
  • 5/23/2015 3:55:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat device!

Pros: Fantastic sounds card! Great price and lots of options! I am using it with ESXi5.5 in a PowerEdge R710 to pass audio from my weather radios and police/EMS scanners to my audio streaming server.

Cons: None at the moment

Other Thoughts: In order to get it to work with your VM you must use either the vSphere local client or the web client. If you RDP to it, it will just pick it up as a generic device.

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  • RICHARD F.
  • 5/7/2015 3:47:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEXTERNAL SOUND CARD

Pros: Arrived on time, installed easily, worked the first time even without loading the driver. Loaded the driver and I think it sounds even better. Solved a problem for me without having to go inside and install something on the motherboard. That was a problem because it is hard to find a sound board that is compatible with PCIE x16 slots. Apparently the technology has changed to favor PCI slots.

Cons: None

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  • Michael W.
  • 1/27/2015 6:11:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

Pros: Works well with Windows 8.1 and surround speakers, Mine are 5.1. The default drivers provided by windows operate without trouble, try it out before using the provided CD. The power light is not obtrusive when watching a movie in the dark. Volume control and mute buttons work too.

Cons: Small form factor means the USB input is on the back and the stereo jacks on the front. That means it doesn't look very pretty sitting on your desktop. My old phillips psc805 aurilium was bigger but looked and functioned better as a desktop audio controller.

Other Thoughts: If you have newer stereo equipment with spidf those in and out those are on the back so it might look better sitting on a desk.

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  • Michael W.
  • 1/14/2015 6:43:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsplug and play win 8.1

Pros: Surround Sound worked with the default drivers installed by Windows 8.1, I have a Lenovo Mix 2 and it works great.

Cons: Audio Jacks in the front usb in the back, so it doesn't look clean sitting on a desktop.

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5 out of 5 eggsWork great

Pros: It works

Cons: It's plug and pray. Install the drivers that comes with it and it should be fine.

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  • Shawn T.
  • 10/3/2013 3:18:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Optical audio quality

Pros: Bought this thinking I'd only get a slight improvement over the laptop's garbage sound since external stuff like burners and HDDs cost more, but nope. I ended up getting amazing quality in every way. So far, I've used optical SPDIF out, played the song "Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield" with my 1010 watts speakers (DD Pro Logic II) cranked way up and had zero distortion and quality loss, I think it might of sounded even better than the sound card in my expensive gaming rig.

Cons: The only thing I'm worried about is the longevity of it. If the quality is this amazing, how long will it last before something makes sense as to why the cost is so low?

Other Thoughts: I will report back if something does go wrong with it or if I have something negative to say about it, till then, I couldn't possibly be happier with this little thing.

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  • Nikolai A.
  • 10/13/2012 12:37:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsNo Windows 8 Support

Pros: Nice device, works on Windows 7

Cons: No driver support for Windows 8

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  • Robert T.
  • 12/27/2011 10:43:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI use Windows7 and have this item for 7 months now!

Pros: I have bought two of these. One purchased 7 months ago and one bought for my Mom as a gift with her Christmas bundle from Newegg.com & DELL Direct Computers.

Cons: I only had an issue when trying to use this in an ASMedia usb 3.0 port; it worked initialy and then stopped working all together. Installed in native usb 2.0 port and there is no problems.

Other Thoughts: I have had the sound fail on me with computers in the past, before I became tech savvy. Since then I would never do without the old favorite PCI Creative Sound Blaster. But, these days you can't find them and the reliability in the reviews I have read of the newer pcie x1 Creative and ASUS products are frightful for such a very expensive add-on in todays marketplace. I have used C-Media in the beginning of 2005 with an old AMD 3400+ Campaq computer and it worked well and the driver was good, unlike anything from DYNEX which was garbage. Startech has brought me to a renewed respect for C-Media and this is a plug & play unit that does not require the disc for the C-Media6204 driver to be installed. Windows7 will set up the C-Media driver through Optional Updates automatically.

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  • Blair L.
  • 9/5/2011 5:53:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsOk...lets not get hasty..

Pros: Ok...please take my former review with a grain of salt...This thing has lasted EXACTLY a week before it has started acting up. If your computer goes into "sleep" mode, this thing does not work without a re-boot. Star Tech "support" is a total joke. I don't think they comprehend ANY English. One day you plug your speakers into one port, then the next day, THAT port doesn't work, so you try the NEXT port and then that port works...Works good out of the box, but then quickly fails..

Cons: See above...Think I will go back to an internal sound card.

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