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

9.8 out of 10
Works out of the box
10 out of 10
Ease of setup
10 out of 10
9 out of 10
Build quality
10 out of 10


Jack support

Pulseaudio support

52Db of gain

USB powered


Max 48K sample rate

No mono switch for monitoring

Limited to 64 frames [buffer]


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