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I have relatively high quality audio using TRS 1/4" or XLR (my choice) that I'd like a computer to be able to use as an input device. I'm hoping for it to be 24-bit- is there an inexpensive sound card that can do this? Or are there other methods, such as USB? All of the USB solutions seem to be 16-bit.

Is there a noticeable loss in quality if I simply use an adapter and take in 3.5mm on a decent sound card?

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Specific product recommendations are off-topic, but a well-focused question about what to look for or how such a thing might help you are certainly allowed. I think your last sentence about an adapter would make a good question. –  Warrior Bob Aug 22 '13 at 21:57
@TND - yes, if you abstract the question out a bit, then it would be answerable and I'd vote for re-open if there isn't another question that answers your generalized question, though since there is no existing answers or comments. It may be easier to simply ask the generalized question as a new one. –  AJ Henderson Aug 26 '13 at 19:14
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