Rated 5 out of 5 by 1
Rated 5 out of 5 by ekorre High quality in every way, easy to use and setup
I bought this Tascam US-2x2 primarily for use as an external sound card for use with a machine with a server-class motherboard with no on-board sound (Asrock E3C226D2I), and also so I could swap it between machines easily by just plugging it into a USB 3 hub with my keyboard, mouse etc, and swapping the hub between the machines.
Initial impressions were that this was a well built piece bit of kit, going by the solid feel of the case. No creaking plastic here.
On first power-on I was happy to find that the standard snd_usb_audio driver in Linux supports all the inputs and outputs - no extra drivers or software needed, literally plug and play. In Windows 8.1 the drivers (relatively small and no annoying programs that run in your tasktray) from the Tascam website work perfectly. Output latency with ASIO driver output is apprently 1ms, and it certainly seems instantaneous using a MIDI keyboard with a soft-synth.
Sound quality is noticeably better than the motherboard on-board sound I was using before, especially in the bass - but due to lack of testing equipment, that is just my subjective opinion. No distortion when you crank up the volume.
The unit stays cool to the touch, and seems to be happy with being swapped between machines while it is powered up. I've never had to unplug it to reset it.
25 June 2015