Emu 1820M 24-Bit/192kHz Interface with 2 Preamps (Windows)

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General Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 96, 192kHz from internal crystal or externally supplied clock (no sample rate conversion)

Bit Depth: 16 or 24 bits

PCI Bus-Mastering DMA subsystem reduces CPU usage

Zero-latency direct hardware monitoring w/effects

Analog Line Inputs (6) Type: Servo-balanced, DC-coupled, low-noise input circuitry

Level (software selectable):
-Professional: +4dBu nominal, 20dBu maximum (balanced)
-Consumer: -10dBV nominal, 6dBV maximum (unbalanced)

Frequency Response: +/- .05dB, 20Hz - 20kHz

THD+N (1kHz at -1dBFS): -110dB (.0003%)

SNR (A-weighted): 120dB

Dynamic Range (1kHz, A-weighted): 120dB

Stereo Crosstalk (1kHz at -1dBFS): < -115dB

Common-Mode Rejection (60Hz): > 40dB

Analog Line Outputs (8) Type: Balanced, low-noise, 3-pole low-pass differential filter

Level (software selectable):
-Professional: +4dBu nominal, 20dBu maximum (balanced)
-Consumer: -10dBV nominal, 6dBV maximum (unbalanced)

Frequency Response: 0.0/-.35dB, 20Hz - 20kHz

THD+N (1kHz at -1dBFS): -105dB (.0006%)

SNR (A-weighted): 120dB

Dynamic Range (1kHz, A-weighted): 120dB

Stereo Crosstalk (1kHz at -1dBFS): < -115dB

Combo Microphone Preamplifier/Line Inputs (2) Type: TFPro combination microphone preamp and line input

Frequency Response: +0.8/-0.1dB, 20Hz - 20kHz

Stereo Crosstalk (1kHz min gain, -1dBFS): < -120dB

Line Input:
-Gain Range: -12 to +28dB
-Max Level: +17dBV (19.2dBu)
-THD+N (1kHz at -1dBFS, min gain): -94dB (.002%)
-Dynamic Range (A-weighted, 1kHz min gain): 100dB
-SNR (A-weighted, min gain): 100dB
-Input Impedance: 10K ohm
-Common-mode Rejection Ratio (60Hz): > 40dB

Microphone Preamplifier:
-Gain Range: +10 to +50dB
-Max Level: -12dBV (-9.8dBu)
-THD+N (1kHz at -1dBFS, min gain): -95dB (.0018%)
-SNR (A-weighted, min gain): 100dB
-Input Impedance: 330 ohms
-Common-mode Rejection Ratio (60Hz): > 80dB

Headphones (stereo) Type: Linear power amplifier

Frequency Response: +0.0/-0.35dB, 20Hz - 20kHz

THD+N (1kHz, max gain):
-33 ohm load: -70dB (0.032%)
-600 ohm load: -85dB (0.006%)

SNR (A-weighted): 112dB

Dynamic Range (A-weighted): 117dB

Stereo Crosstalk (1kHz at -1dBFS, 600 ohm load):< -100dB

Maximum Output Power: 500mW

Output Impedance: 22 ohms

Gain Range: 85dB

Phono Input (stereo) Type: RIAA equalized phono input

Frequency Response: +/-0.5dB, 50Hz - 20kHz

THD+N (1kHz, 10mV RMS unbal input): -76dB (.015%)

SNR (10mV RMS unbal input, A-weighted): 90dB

Stereo Crosstalk (1kHz at -1dBFS): < -80dB

Maximum Level:
-Professional: 80mV RMS
-Consumer: 20mV RMS

Input Capacitance: 220 pF

Input Impedance: 47K ohm

Digital I/O S/PDIF:
-2 in/2 out coaxial (transformer coupled)
-2 in/3 out optical (software switched with ADAT)
-AES/EBU or S/PDIF format, switchable under software control

-8 channels, 24-bit @ 44.1/48kHz
-4 channels, 24-bit @ 96kHz (S-MUX compatible)
-2 channels, 24-bit @ 192kHz

-400 Mbps 1394a port (6-pin)
-Compatible with DV cameras, storage peripherals, etc.

MIDI: 2 in, 2 out


Internal Crystal Sync at 44.1, 48, 96, 192kHz

External Sample Rate Sync:
-S/PDIF (opt. or coax)
-Word clock (75 ohm termination, switchable)

Minimum System Requirements

Genuine Intel´┐Ż Pentium´┐Ż III or AMD´┐Ż K6´┐Ż class processor or higher operating at 500MHz or faster

Intel´┐Ż, AMD´┐Ż or 100% compatible motherboard & chipset

128MB System RAM

500MB of free hard disk space for full installation

Windows´┐Ż 2000 SP 4, Windows´┐Ż XP SP 1 or greater

PCI 2.1 compliant slot for E-MU´┐Ż 1010 PCI card

Adjacent PCI slot for Sync daughter card

CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive required for software installation

XVGA Video (1024 X 768)

In the Box...

E-MU´┐Ż 1010 PCI card

E-MU AudioDock M

E-MU Sync daughter card

EDI (E-MU Digital Interface) cable (3 meters)

Sync cable

Mini-DIN MIDI adapter cable

Headphone splitter cable

PC power cable

Quick Start guide

Operation Manual on CD-ROM

Creative Professional Software CD-ROM:
-Windows 2000 and XP Drivers
-E-MU PatchMix DSP
-E-MU E-DSP FX Library

Audio software package on CD-ROM
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 831-438-1921
(127 ratings)
Submitted January 15, 2006 by a customer from hotmail.com
"For the price, nothing can touch it."
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I almost went for Mackie's firewire interface because it has a 64 bit DSP chip in it. But drat it, they chose lower quality converters. Emu at least has 64 drivers so if I do upgrade to 64 bit, I don't really see myself needing another card for a long, long time.

Superior A/D D/A conversion. I checked the websites for AKM and Crystal Sound for the respective converters and found that Emu was using the flagship, absolute best converters from both companies. Sound quality is incredibly clean. Even the little hiss that is there is warm and consitent, with no clicking at all.

Plenty of extras. A barrage of software: lite versions of Cubase, Sonar, and Live, Proteus vsti, etc. Enough to easily record with professional results with just the purchase of this sound card. The digital mixer that comes with this package takes a bit of getting used to though. You need to open a completely new mixer session if you change sample rates. And the DSP effects which come with the card are only good up to 48khz sampling rates. One the plus side, the ASIO driver works very well. And there's an RCA jack with a ground screw allowing you to plug a phonograph directly into your sound card. I know of no other sound card with this feature. Also, it has two midi I/Os.

The build looks very solid. The audio dock has a metal casing. I just wish the DSP effects chips, which only read more go to 48khz sampling, supported the sampling rate of the card itself which is full range 192khz.

For the price, you're not going to find anything even close to it. To get 120dB noise ratio and 192khz sampling, your next lowest is MOTUs $1799.95 HD192.

Manufacturer Support
I did have to contact customer support due to clips in my recording. I reached a live representative very quickly who told me that I was dealing with sound drop outs and gave several suggestions, including pointing me out to a website that had numerous tips on DAW optimization. Indeed, when I zoomed in on the clips, they were all a case of the wave file dropping suddenly and momentarily to the base line. I ended up switching out my motherboard to a newer one I happened to recently purchase but had not yet installed, and the clips went away, so I can't really fault Emu for the problem. On another note, Emu is one of the few sound card makers with 64 bit drivers available for download.

The Wow Factor
The converters, oh those converters.

Musical Background:
Active Musician

Musical Style:
Psychedelic Trance
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