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Ah, the saga of the 1U workstation continues. So, in all my work configuring the thing, I completely forgot about AUDIO; I only realized my mistake when I
went on a cable-measuring expedition this morning. Unfortunately, none of the
1U servers I’ve been looking at come with audio outputs (there aren’t even audio headers on the motherboard), and I’ve used the only availabnle slot for my fancy graphics card!

Now, a lesser (or maybe smarter) individual would give up at this point, and go back to MiniITX or a 2U rackmount (if I could find a short-depth one).
“Nay!” I say. What about USB Audio? I don’t need 5.1 or 7.1 audio here; I’m plugging in a Dell monitor soundbar. A quick search of the web says that yes, these devices will work under CentOS and show up as /dev/dspX devices. So, do devices like these:

SYBA SD-CM-UAUD USB Stereo Audio Adapter

Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Amigo II USB Interface Sound Card & Headset Adapter

StarTech ICUSBAUDIO USB to Stereo Audio Adapter Converter

work under CentOS 6? Is there one that anyone can recommend?


4 thoughts on - USB Audio Sound Card

  • I apologize. I should have said here “A quick search of the web (and the NewEgg comments) indicates that these devices generally work under *Linux*, but do they work in CentOS 6?

    [I have found in the past that “Works in Ubuntu YY.MM”, “Works in Fedora N”, do not always imply “Works in CentOS/RHEL” ; the driver support in CentOS/RHEL
    is sometimes more spartan than the cutting-edge distros. Of course, most of my experience is with CentOS 5; I only recently moved forward to CentOS 6 after extensive testing. What can I say? I’m as “cutting edge” as a dull butter knife.]


  • good point. I should have known that’s what you meant.

    however, it gives one hope. especially since many of those comments are a couple years old, it’s given time for drivers to work their way into other distros–assuming the drivers were new at that time, and they may not have been.

    especially that first one you ask about is dirt cheap, so maybe the way to do it is to go buy one and try it.


  • If I were in the U.S., I certainly would do that. As it is, I’m in Chile; if I can even find something similar here, it will likely be more expensive (I found one so far, but it’s a high-end 5.1 model and costs USD$40), and ordering from the U.S. is a multiweek turnaround time. Hence, I decided to ask first and suffer the wrath of the list for “asking the obvious”.