Audiophile 2496

4-In/4-Out Audio Card with MIDI and Digital I/O

The Audiophile 2496 embodies a quantum leap in computer audio fidelity and performance unequaled by other audio cards in its price range. This critically acclaimed PCI card features premium digital audio converters, elegant board design, and ultra-stable drivers just like the rest of the Delta line, but with a simpler I/O configuration. As a member of the Delta family, the Audiophile 2496 supports all computer platforms and major software programs, ensuring seamless integration and rock-solid performance. See why the Audiophile 2496 is one of the best-selling digital audio cards in the industry.

36-bit Embedded DSP

All Delta cards contain a 36-bit embedded DSP enabling a software-driven patchbay/router for all analog and digital I/O—all with extremely fast throughput for low-latency software monitoring. A single unified control panel provides settings for clock and sample rates, buffer sizes, individual signal levels for every input and output, adjustable +4dBu/-10dBV pad controls and digital I/O control on up to four installed Delta cards. All controls are also easily accessible through most professional audio software applications for seamless integration and operation.


  • 2 x 2 analog I/O
  • 24-bit/96kHz fidelity
  • SCMS copy protection control
  • Digital I/O supports surround-encoded AC-3 and DTS pass-through
  • 1 x 1 MIDI I/O
  • Zero-latency monitoring
  • Software controlled 36-bit internal DSP digital mixing/routing
  • Gold-plated RCA jacks
  • Apple G5 compatible - Incompatible exceptions (DUAL G5 1.8 GHz system with 4 RAM slots, DUAL G5 2.0 GHz system with 4 RAM slots)
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite music production software, so you can make music right away


  • Frequency Response: 22Hz-22kHz, -0.4, +/-0.4dB
  • Dynamic Range: 104dB (A-weighted) (D/A), 100.4dB (A-weighted) (A/D)
  • THD: < 0.002%
  • Size/Weight: 5-1/4” x 5” x 7/8”; 0.2 lbs.


  • Compatibility
    • ASIO 2
    • MME
    • Sound Manager
    • OMS
    • DirectX
    • Mac OS X Core Audio / Core MIDI

  • Minimum System Requirements (PC)
    • Windows 98SE / Me / 2000 (SP4) / XP (SP2)* / Vista SP2 (32Bit , 64 Bit) / Win7 (32Bit , 64 Bit)
    • For 96kHz operation: Pentium III 500mHz w/ 128MB RAM
    • For 48kHz operation: Pentium II 400 w/ 64MB RAM
    • ** Home and Professional Edition only. Windows Media Center Edition is not supported.
    • ** Please check the minimum system requirements of your DAW software as they may be higher.

  • Minimum System Requirements (Mac)
    • G3* 500MHz with OS 9.2.2, 128MB RAM
    • G4* 500MHz with OS X 10.1.5, 10.2.6, 10.3.8, 10.4, 10.5.1 w/ 256MB RAM**
    • OMS 2.3.8 for MIDI under OS 9.2.2
    • Currently there are two models of Apple’s G5 that are incompatible with this product.
      • DUAL G5 1.8 GHz system with 4 RAM slots
      • DUAL G5 2.0 GHz system with 4 RAM slots

    • * G3/G4 accelerator cards not supported; OS 10.3 required for Dolby Digital and DTS “pass-through” with Apple DVD Player
    • ** Please check the minimum system requirements of your DAW software as they may be higher.
    • *** Intel based Mac Pro & DualCore G5 with PCI-Express expansion slots not supported.