M-Audio Audiophile 192 digital audio interface card announced
Building on the M-Audio Audiophile 2496, the Audiophile 192 is a PCI 2.2 digital audio interface featuring high-definition 24-bit/192kHz sampling rate via analog and digital I/O. The unit also incorporates a standard 1x1 MIDI interface.
Analog connectivity is via 1/4\" TRS balanced connections. A second set of 1/4\" TRS outs is dedicated to direct hardware input monitoring. The S/PDIF coaxial digital I/O features 2-channel PCM with SCMS copy protection control, as well as pass-through of surround-encoded AC-3 and DTS pass-through. (Windows XP is required for Dolby Digital and DTS pass-through on the PC; Mac OS X 10.3.4 is required for Dolby Digital and DTS pass-through with Apple DVD Player.)
Routing of all inputs and outputs is controlled through software. The digital I/O, for example, could be configured as a send/receive for external effects devices. Drivers include support for ASIO, WDM, GSIF 2 and Core Audio for compatibility with most applications. 64-bit driver support under Windows also insures compatibility with future operating environments as well.
On the PC, the Audiophile 192 interface runs under Windows 2000 (SP4) / XP (SP1) (ME with WDM). A Pentium III 500mHz w/ 128MB RAM is required for 96kHz and 192kHz operation; Pentium II 400 w/ 64MB RAM is required for 48kHz operation. (Windows XP (SP1) is required for Dolby Digital and DTS pass-through.) Windows users can also combine the Audiophile 192 with other M-Audio Delta cards in the same system. Mac operation requires G4 500MHz with OS X 10.2.8 or 10.3.4 and 256MB RAM. (G4 accelerator cards are not supported; OS X 10.3.4 is required for Dolby Digital and DTS pass-through with Apple DVD Player.)