Interfacing Linux: The Best Budget (Under $50) Linux Audio Interface

Happen to be in the market for a Linux compatible budget interface that doesn’t suck? Let’s travel back to 2007 and grab what could possibly be one of the best values on the market.

That’s right, we’re taking a look at the Digidesign Mbox 2 Mini.


Jackbox: System specs

CPU AMD Ryzen 7 1700
RAM Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB
Motherboard MSI B350 Tomahawk
GPU Nvidia NVS 300
SSD Samsung 840
PSU: EVGA 600 B1
Firewire: Syba SY-PEX30016
Network: Intel i350-T4
OS: Debian Buster
Kernel: 4.19.0-8-rt-amd64
Desktop: XFCE 4.12

Digidesign Mbox 2 Mini: Round-trip latency @44100 Hz


Digidesign Mbox 2 Mini: Round-trip latency @4800HZ


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Digidesign Mbox 2 Mini

10 out of 10
Works out of the box
10/10
Ease of setup
10/10
Stability
9/10
Build quality
10/10

Pros

Jack support

Pulseaudio support

52Db of gain

USB powered

Cons

Max 48K sample rate

No mono switch for monitoring

Limited to 64 frames [buffer]

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