USB Audio Devices
Normally, sound that is fed through a personal computer (read off a compact disc, for example, or an mp3 audio track) emerges in stereo sound. Stereo sound--the industry standard nowadays--utilizes two main channels: the right and the left channel. Recently, however, a new standard in audio excellence has begun to emerge: 5.1 surround sound.
A USB audio adapter allows any computer to change its normal stereo output into 5.1 surround sound--or regular stereo sound if you prefer. Usually consisting of nothing more complicated than a cable and at most some type of small station, these adapters plug directly into your computer's USB port. They can then be connected to any number of input and output devices, including speakers, microphones, or compact disc players. It includes a LINE IN and MIC IN port.
At Byte Runner Technologies, we offer three such audio adapters. The Music-Fairy is a very small and easily-installed cable that does not require any additional drivers to operate. You simply plug it in, attach your audio device, and then play away. If you prefer a non-cable version, Byte Runner has that, too (Model: MUSIC-FAIRY-2)
Another "Byte Runner Solution" to the computer audio problem is the UA580. The UA 580 is a little more elaborate than the Music-Fairy products, in that it also includes a station that can mediate between your computer and a variety of separate audio input and output devices. If you have any problems installing it, you're welcome to contact Byte Runner's free technical support hotline.