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BEHRINGER U-CONTROL UCA222 by Review Summary ,  Aug 20, 2015

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BEHRINGER U-CONTROL UCA222
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 435 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 2.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Plug5.0   exceptional
Music4.7   above average
Simple4.7   average
Quality4.5   average
Price4.4   average
Mixer4.3   average
Monitor4.3   average
Sound4.3   average
USB4.3   above average
Cable4.1   above average
Audio3.8   below average
Headphone3.6   below average
Windows3.5   average
Connector2.5   below average
Noise2.5   mediocre


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Audio

Audio:
"Unfortunately, that means that the input audio is really L-O-U-D unless you bump the input settings WAY down."
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"Much better than onboard audio and MUCH better than pieces of junk like smakn x5 DAC (15$) and Signstek mini 24bit 192khz (30$), that I bought to compare with Behringer."
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"Digitizing with Audacity with software playthrough enabled (monitoring with the computer's headphone jack) seems to inject annoying burps into the audio."
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"lightning damaged my audio out on my imac and this was a good work around to get decent sound from my stereo which plays from my computer."
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"The audio that comes out of the Pi really isn't that great."
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"I didn't want to go audio jack to microphone jack, because that would degrade the audio."
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"This is a very good option for getting audio from different sources into your computer."
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"It shows up in traktor as a shared kontrolmk2 usbsoundcard audio driver and im able to send my cue to my headphones throuhh the mixer as well as sending the master audio through ths behringer."
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"Worked instantly with several versions of Windows and Linux as well, because it uses the generic USB audio driver."
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"Overall, this is a perfect product for a computer that does not have an audio line-in port and pairs perfectly with Audacity."
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Cable

Cable:
"When in ASIO mode (in a 64-bit environment), it produces an extremely annoying high-pitched hum that has nothing to do with cables or electrical grounding or anything like that."
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"For those of us tired of dicking about with leads, cords and cables not good."
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"Microsoft's tech support went so far as to suggest that the problem can be solved by using a shorter cable between the mixer and the PC."
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"But adapters like the 3.5mm stereo male to RCA stereo male cable should solve that issue easily."
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"No need to two cables, just this device and 2 sets of HOSA cables and you are good to go."
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"An improvement I would like to see is rather than a USB cable is a USB plug so I could use whatever length cable best works of the situation."
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"Make sure your cables are in good working order."
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Connection

Connection:
"( unfortunately its only v.4, but free is free )Cons:Only connections are RCA or optical, not counting the headphone jack."
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"I wanted it for two reasons:1) The 3.5mm jack connection on the back of my desktop has long been flaky, with a constantly audible white noise during silence."
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"The connection is super clean and there is no sound at all -- perfect silence at last -- when not playing music shows."
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"I also figure out the RCA input connections could easily get loose while transferring data."
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"Brilliant device, which can be powered through your camera connection kit directly from your iDevice."
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"Great Sound for my Android device connected to my HiFi Amplifier and running Spotify! "
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"UCA222 U-control is easy to use, has simple connections for non-tech luddite types."
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"Sound quality is excellent connected to my studio monitors, and what's great is it works perfectly without any drivers on both OSX 10.9 and Windows 8.1."
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Connector

Connector:
"I recently have begun to update my music production set-up and i needed a portable, decent interface with RCA input & outputs as well as a 1 8th in jack to replace the broken jack on my laptop."
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"Digitizing with Audacity with software playthrough enabled (monitoring with the computer's headphone jack) seems to inject annoying burps into the audio."
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"I've already sheared it in a drawer, but fortunately a nick to the jacket was the only damage."
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"I didn't want to go audio jack to microphone jack, because that would degrade the audio."
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"I recently have begun to update my music production set-up and i needed a portable, decent interface with RCA input & outputs as well as a 1 8th in jack to replace the broken jack on my laptop."
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"one thing i would recommend to watch out for is that it is very easy to stick your headphone jack into the optical port but this not so much the devices fault but me not paying enough attention."
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"The monitor jack is a nice touch, which I later determined was essential."
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"This DAC sound great (noticeably better than my aux jack) and the built in headphone output is quite handy at time (both the headphone out and the rear stereo outs will play at the same time)"
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Headphone

Headphone:
"Digitizing with Audacity with software playthrough enabled (monitoring with the computer's headphone jack) seems to inject annoying burps into the audio."
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"It pulled things out of songs I never knew were there...and indirectly revealed how crappy my headphones sounded."
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"I think the input to headphone wiring is the problem with my Behringer."
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"The headphone jack is not that great...it is little wobbly and sometimes only mono comes out."
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"I wanted to use my laptop to do some DJ work, unfortunately laptops today usually only come with a headphone output, not a line-level output."
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"There are lots of of other devices similar to this one, but all the others only offered USB to headphone and mic, I guess for people who broke their built-in laptop sound."
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"It shows up in traktor as a shared kontrolmk2 usbsoundcard audio driver and im able to send my cue to my headphones throuhh the mixer as well as sending the master audio through ths behringer."
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"This and somd hd 280 headphones and youve got a decent little budget monitor set up :)"
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"one thing i would recommend to watch out for is that it is very easy to stick your headphone jack into the optical port but this not so much the devices fault but me not paying enough attention."
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"I was able to use the built-in headphones jack to monitor my playing."
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"Having a headphone out jack on the UCA222 is nice because you can monitor the sound directly."
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Mixer

Mixer:
"I will offer thistid bit of information because i had the problem where very little signal from the mixer and uca 222 into reaperhad the track peaking out and distorting."
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"All in all, if you want a very simple low cost solution to the Windows 7 audio latency problem when recording live input from an external mixer, and can live with plain old stereo instead of surround sound output, or with having to unplug the UCA222 when you do want to just listen to your surround sound system, or you don't mind the headphones not automatically muting the speakers, then, like me, you will be very satisfied with the performance, and simplicity of installation, of this product."
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"Microsoft's tech support went so far as to suggest that the problem can be solved by using a shorter cable between the mixer and the PC."
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"It shows up in traktor as a shared kontrolmk2 usbsoundcard audio driver and im able to send my cue to my headphones throuhh the mixer as well as sending the master audio through ths behringer."
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"I use it for recording live mixes from a DJ mixer and it's perfect."
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"Using it as an output to my mixer works great! "
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"This converts and provides great quality for my turntables and mixer, i am able to record and manipulate my mixes with this device, it gives me great sound from my mixer to my mac mini."
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Monitor

Monitor:
"The switch for the monitor has completely failed at this point so I am unable to turn on the monitor function."
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"This and somd hd 280 headphones and youve got a decent little budget monitor set up :)"
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"The monitor jack is a nice touch, which I later determined was essential."
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"Great price, sounds good, and I love that monitor out jack."
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"Zero latency, the quality is great, and the built-in monitor is perfect for simple stuff."
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"I was able to use the built-in headphones jack to monitor my playing."
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Music

Music:
"The connection is super clean and there is no sound at all -- perfect silence at last -- when not playing music shows."
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"I recently have begun to update my music production set-up and i needed a portable, decent interface with RCA input & outputs as well as a 1 8th in jack to replace the broken jack on my laptop."
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"the audio quality is great and it delivers quite a bit of detail in your audio was able to hear things going on in my music that i never noticed was there before."
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"I bought this item for a friend that wanted to transfer his piano music from cassette to digital and he is very happy with this product."
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"I use mine for music recording and it's a winner."
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"For some reason I be hearing my instrumentals in my headphone mix thought was the Mic but I be in different room and still hear the bass from the music in my vocal mix...it's decent for a starter project."
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Noise

Noise:
"(I was working with one that was bad and it was causing terrible noise on the line)."
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"Some have complained about added noise - my unit thankfully doesn't capture any more noise than that inherent to the analog sources I use so that's more likely to be due to a defective unit."
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"While the item is not fancy, it easily gets the job done and with low noise and no issues."
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"Now with this hooked up it's very disappointing how much background noise I get."
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"Well it's hard to determine where the background noise comes from."
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"When I turn up the sound enough, it's pretty dirty with interference and white noise, but that might be the nature of USB, so don't expect pristine audio."
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"The quality is decent, but a bit of noise, which is ok for my cassette transfer project, since there is plenty of analog tape hiss already."
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"This USB audio interface does a great job without injecting any noticeable noise."
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"I have done lots of research on this, bought a sound blaster z, have not tried some of the ground isolators or transformers, some products are expensive and others are not, all claiming to eliminate noise, still not sure what the best solution is."
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"Worked great, sound quality was clear and there was little noise."
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"Well it's hard to determine where the background noise comes from."
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Plug

Plug:
"For 30 dollars i am more than happy with this awesome plug&play; device."
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"Plugs into my Win 7 PC and works great."
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"Easy to use, plug and play."
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"The sound is great and you need if you are just using the standard plug in mic or speaker out."
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"the instructions are a little unclear about what exactly is coming out of the headphone jack or rca plugs, well i found that it is post input...that is any manipulation you are doing with the audio with a DAW is what you will hear live(as opposed to just what you are putting in)."
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Price

Price:
"I'm really upset and mad that i actually wasted money on this product."
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"I just obtained a used UMX61 at a bargain price (under $50) for a friend, but it was missing the UCA202 unit."
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"It was recommended by a pro sound consultant as an inexpensive solution to a problem we were having and has performed like a champ ever since."
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"If that floats your boat, then for the price, this is hard to beat."
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"Anyways, it was my fault for trying to go cheap with Behringer, when I really needed a sound card with two stereo outs."
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"The price is dead cheap."
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"Great Price & Speedy Delivery - responsible seller."
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"Simple, effective, low price."
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"Not to mention the price is incredibly low considering that it feels well built and sturdy."
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"Good sound for this money (30$)."
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"Works pretty much flawlessly and has good sound quality for the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"crappy sound quality."
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"It has more input options, some level adjusts, a green red halo light around the dials to indicate clipping, and is top notch for helping clean up the signal coming out of my laptop (which has a sound card pushing out not the best quality).Otherwise, the Behringer sits in my closet, just in case the Focusrite decides to mutiny."
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"Something is wrong with quality control or the description of the product is false."
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"This had a digital optical output (which I somehow missed when selecting it) - and it's great for maintaining audio quality from my network to the receiver."
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"The device enables usb transfer for minimal quality degradation! "
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"24 bit devices are readily available these days, and if digital quality is of the utmost essence, you will probably not be satisfied in the end with the UCA-222 (or 202).Bottom line: It's hard to beat Behringer's bare-bones units for price."
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"The quality is decent, but a bit of noise, which is ok for my cassette transfer project, since there is plenty of analog tape hiss already."
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"Has worked flawlessly for over a year and delivers good quality sounds."
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"the audio quality is great and it delivers quite a bit of detail in your audio was able to hear things going on in my music that i never noticed was there before."
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"Great product with good audio conversion quality and additional output ports."
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"Works pretty much flawlessly and has good sound quality for the price."
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Setup

Setup:
"After I talked with a guy at Guitar Center, he said that this device is the weakest link in my setup."
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"So far so good, it's a simple set-up so pretty hard to mess up."
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"It didn't work, giving an error message that the setup wasn't functional for Windows 7."
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"The setup process, I must admit was a bit confusing but I think this was mainly due to my over-eagerness to get recording right away :)."
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"I recently have begun to update my music production set-up and i needed a portable, decent interface with RCA input & outputs as well as a 1 8th in jack to replace the broken jack on my laptop."
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"Super easy to setup and works as expected, not to mention great price."
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"I was very happy with the setup... easy, no power strips, no tangle of cables... just easy fun."
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"So far so good, it's a simple set-up so pretty hard to mess up."
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"EVERY SINCE I BOUGHT THEM THEYVE BEEN GOOD TO ME NO FAULTY ANYTHING I CAN NOW BE FAR AWAY FROMT MY B52 SETUP"
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Simple

Simple:
"So far so good, it's a simple set-up so pretty hard to mess up."
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"I could go on and on, but bottom line, it just works great and super simple to use."
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"I lucked out twice - first finding the deck in good working order and second, getting such a simple to use digital interface."
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"Simple, effective, low price."
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"No difference, still a great little interface, simple."
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"Zero latency, the quality is great, and the built-in monitor is perfect for simple stuff."
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Sound

Sound:
"I am confused whether this acts as a sound card in your pc, or just uses your existing sound card and gives you inputs outputs"
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"crappy sound quality."
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"It has more input options, some level adjusts, a green red halo light around the dials to indicate clipping, and is top notch for helping clean up the signal coming out of my laptop (which has a sound card pushing out not the best quality).Otherwise, the Behringer sits in my closet, just in case the Focusrite decides to mutiny."
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"It was recommended by a pro sound consultant as an inexpensive solution to a problem we were having and has performed like a champ ever since."
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"I've been burned on a few more expensive audio interfaces by well known brands that just did not sound very good, but I am happy to report that Behringer delivers."
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"No decent instruction set, confusing software, I would not recommend this product to anyone who is not a Professional Sound RecorderNot worth the price."
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"Has worked flawlessly for over a year and delivers good quality sounds."
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"Seems to do a reasonable job of capturing sound and is easy to use."
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"Good sound for this money (30$)."
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"Sounds amazing, and I use this to dj."
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"Great Sound better than onboard sound card"
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USB

USB:
"First I had a delay problem in my system but I found out that me USB speakers were the problem and then I conected my speakest to the Behringer UCA222 analog output an problem solve."
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"There are lots of of other devices similar to this one, but all the others only offered USB to headphone and mic, I guess for people who broke their built-in laptop sound."
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"The device enables usb transfer for minimal quality degradation! "
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"Worked instantly with several versions of Windows and Linux as well, because it uses the generic USB audio driver."
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"This USB audio interface does a great job without injecting any noticeable noise."
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"these work great for adding USB audio to a computer."
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"I bought a nice four channel USB mixer on Amazon and am very happy with it, and it also uses Audacity."
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"I love these component audio to usb adapters."
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Windows

Windows:
"PC Users: Note that this device, and others like it that are designed to record line levels, won't work well for recording with default Windows drivers."
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"All in all, if you want a very simple low cost solution to the Windows 7 audio latency problem when recording live input from an external mixer, and can live with plain old stereo instead of surround sound output, or with having to unplug the UCA222 when you do want to just listen to your surround sound system, or you don't mind the headphones not automatically muting the speakers, then, like me, you will be very satisfied with the performance, and simplicity of installation, of this product."
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"I record live musical instruments using Audacity on the computer and needed a solution to the problem that Windows 7 has an inherent audio latency defect."
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"It didn't work, giving an error message that the setup wasn't functional for Windows 7."
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"The driver is unsigned, so Windows 7 has a huge problem with that and it wont work."
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"I am running Windows XP so I do not know how well it works with Windows 7 or 7-64."
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"Worked instantly with several versions of Windows and Linux as well, because it uses the generic USB audio driver."
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"Correct on the drivers as well: Windows 8.1, plugged it in and it immediately swapped to this for output out audio, no wait or anything."
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"Brings stereo audio perfectly into my laptop, driver was a simple drop into Windows 8.1."
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"I have read all the comments and appreciate the issues noted with Windows 7 etc."
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"Sound quality is excellent connected to my studio monitors, and what's great is it works perfectly without any drivers on both OSX 10.9 and Windows 8.1."
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