ESI Unveils ESU1808 USB Audio Interface
ESI has unveiled the ESU1808 USB Audio Interface. The ESU1808 is an 18-in/8-out USB 2.0 High-Speed external audio innterface that ESI claims features the very latest audio interface technology for notebook and desktop computers. This audio interface for both Mac & PC shows what is really possible with USB 2.0 according to ESIÂ´s marketing hoopla.
The 1U rack unit comes with a total of 18 input channels, two of them are quality microphone preamps with balanced XLR inputs and +48V phantom power. An additional two allow for direct connection of instruments (HiZ), and the 12 input channels are for balanced line signals. There is a coaxial S/PDIF input as well. There are 8 balanced analog output channels, one channel pair is also provided as coaxial S/PDIF output. Last but not least, ESU1808 comes with a MIDI I/O port providing 16 input and 16 output channels.
â€¢ USB 2.0 Hi-Speed support based on ESIÂ´s USB 2 Xtreme technology
â€¢ 18 input channels / 8 output channels at 24-bit/96khz
â€¢ 2 precision & low noise microphone preamps (XLR input) with gain controls, pad switch and peak LEDs, +48V phantom power
â€¢ 2 direct instrument inputs (Hi-Z) with gain control and peak LEDs
â€¢ 12 balanced/unbalanced analog inputs (1/4″ TRS, -10dBv/+4dBu, ADC 107dB)
â€¢ 8 balanced/unbalanced analog outputs (1/4 TRS, -10dBv/+4dBu, DAC 112dB)
â€¢ headphone amplifier (1/4″ stereo phone jack) with volume control
â€¢ 16 channel MIDI I/O
â€¢ RCA connectors for coaxial S/PDIF I/O
â€¢ supported sample rates: 44.1kHz, 48.0kHz, 88.2kHz, 96.0 kHz
â€¢ powered by exclusive DC power supply
â€¢ supports ASIO 2.0, GSIF 2.0, WDM, CoreAudio
â€¢ Windows XP and Mac OS X compatible
No pricing or availability has been announced. More information on the ESI ESU1808 USB Audio Interface.