The Audiophile 2496 represents a quantum leap in computer audio fidelity. Utilizing premium digital audio converters, and exquisite board design, and ultra stable drivers, the Audiophile 2496 is simply the best sounding computer audio card in its class. The Audiophile 2496 not only excels in its conversion process, but delivers perfect bit-for-bit accurate transfers over S/PDIF. This means that the Audiophile 2496 leaves your digital data completely pristine and untouched, whether you are mastering to DAT or CD, transferring to Minidisc, or playing a Dolby Digital 5.1 encoded DVD (decoder required). Instead of being a "joystick port afterthought", the Audiophile's MIDI I/O is handled by dedicated hardware, resulting in low-latency MIDI with rock-solid timing.