Originally Posted by goffer
I have the creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS and was tricked by their clever wording. Are there any PCMCIA cards out there that record in stereo that are under $100?
Silly question. Have you seen any PCMCIA sound cards that cost less than $100? Well, the only one you might find is the one you already have, which has a list price of $129, I think, but can retail for a little under $100, $99 or $94 I think.
All other PCMCIA sound cards are more expensive, and none record directly from mic to the card, except for the one you have, the Audigy ZS.
I think the card you have can record in stereo via line-in, to record from an external stereo, etc. You can also set that jack for microphone rather than line-in. I think you are saying that when one uses a microphone that input is mono.
The work-around for that would be to keep it set to line-in. But for that one would need an external pre-amp between the microphone and line-in jack. There are some small portable battery-operated pre-amps available.
The next card up in price is the Echo Indigo I/O. It sells for about twice the price, however, about $199. And--it doesn't have any provision for connecting a microphone directly to the card. Its input jack is only line-in. So , to do any microphone recording into it one needs a preamp.
Most expensive are the EMU 1616 ($400) and 1616M ($500). It comes with an external box for recording, which includes its own preamps, etc. One can use the card without the external box only for playback.