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

$20 / $35
4.9

Works out of the box

5.0/5

Ease of setup

5.0/5

Stability

4.5/5

Build quality

5.0/5

Works

  • Jack support
  • Pulseaudio support
  • 52Db of gain
  • USB powered

Nopes

  • Max 48K sample rate
  • No mono switch for monitoring
  • Limited to 64 frames [buffer]
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