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Behringer UCA202 - Low Latency 2 Input / 2 Output USB/Audio Interface with Digital Output for Mac and Windows

You Pay: $29.99

The Behringer UCA202 is an ultra-compact, bus-powered interface that can link a Windows or Mac computer with any audio gear. There is no setup or special drivers needed.

The interface provides two analog inputs and outputs, as well as an additional S/PDIF optical output for direct digital conversion. The stereo headphone output with dedicated level control allows for monitoring both input and output.

The U-CONTROL download area at Behringer's website offers a huge software package for recording and editing making the interface a complete audio solution, which provides a connection between the analog and digital domain.

Ultra-flexible audio interface connects instruments, mixer etc. with a computer for recording and playback
High-resolution 48kHz converters for high-end audio quality
Works with a PC or Mac - no setup or drivers required
Stereo headphone output with dedicated level control allows for monitoring both input and output
Additional S/PDIF optical output for direct digital conversion
Powered via USB bus - no external power supply needed
Free audio recording and editing software downloadable at www.behringer.com
Converters Not specified by manufacturer
Sample Rates 48kHz
Analog Input 2 x RCA phono
Analog Output 2 x RCA phono
Digital Input No
Digital Output 1 x TosLink S/PDIF optical
MIDI In/Out No
Sync In/Out No
Headphone Output Yes
THD + N Not specified by manufacturer
Dynamic Range Not specified by manufacturer
Frequency Response Not specified by manufacturer
System Requirements Mac OS X and Windows XP
Specialties No drivers needed

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BehringerUCA202 USB/Audio Interface
 
4.5

(based on 94 reviews)

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    (65)

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    (21)

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    (4)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (80)
  • Excellent sound (48)
  • Low distortion (33)
  • Versatile (32)
  • Compact (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (43)
    • Home studio (40)
    • Outdoor events / games (22)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (19)
    • Performances (14)
      • Reviewer Profile:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very Useful Tool - Does What It Claims

    I have a lot of audio interfaces, all nominally "better" than this one. I purchased it for a specific purpose - to use for making acoustic measurements with an older laptop...Read complete review

    I have a lot of audio interfaces, all nominally "better" than this one. I purchased it for a specific purpose - to use for making acoustic measurements with an older laptop computer that I keep in my shop. I needed a stereo line level interface that worked with RightMark Audio Analyzer [@] and a few other measurement programs that I had, and that I could tuck out of the way rather than haul out a rack mount box. Given what I was measuring, I didn't need ultra low noise or distortion. The laptop's built-in audio interface worked, but it was only mic level and mono. The UCA-202 looked like it would work for me and the price was right, so I gave it a try.Like it says, you just plug it in. Windows XP (I don't have any Vista machines) recognized it, set up a driver, and that was it. It records, it plays, and it gets out of the way when it's unplugged. It does use a pretty low nominal operating level, I guess what would colloquially be called "minus ten." More precisely, +8 dBu in gives a full scale (0 dBFS) digital level. This is typical of a lot of portable devices (such as pocket flash memory recorders) these days, so I have a set of 15 dB in-line pads that I can use with it when I'm working with professional gear that I want to run at a higher operating level. Since I don't use it for straightforward recording applications, I don't have need for the "monitor" switch and headphone jack, but they're convenient features if you're recording your voice or an instrument and want to hear yourself through headphones. Having a direct, switchable signal path from input to output means you don't have to monitor through the computer, with its inherent latency (delay). I did initially get into trouble because of that monitor switch, though. RightMark works by generating a test signal, sending it through the device you're testing, and then recording what comes back from the device. When I first tried it with RightMark, I inadvertently had the monitor switch on, and the program got confused when hearing its output directly. It went into a feedback condition which made it very difficult to set the level properly and gave erroneous measurement results. Once I recognized what was happening and switched off the monitor, all was well.The interchannel crosstalk could be a little better, but it's fine for stereo recording or transferring vinyl records (which have even more crosstalk). Those are really my only quibbles. It would be nice if it was in a metal case, had 1/4" phone jacks or XLR connectors, and ran at 24 bits and 96 kHz sample rate, but heck, it's only [$], and it outperforms built-in sound cards that I have in any of my computers. Before I had the UCA202, I helped a friend set up a workstation for transferring his large record and tape connection to digital format. He was using a laptop computer that he carried between his house to his work studio (an outbuilding) and was always getting the audio input and output cables mixed up when plugging them into the computer. I brought over the UCA202 to show him, and he bought one straight away. He liked that he only had to plug in one cable between the audio system and the laptop computer. This might not seem like a big deal to someone who understands computers and audio, but to this musician/folklorist, [$] was a small investment to save him from head-scratching.USB turntables are popular among folks who want to digitize vinyl, but if you already have a turntable and receiver with a phono preamp (or pick one up at a yard sale), the UCA202 is a good alternative. My friend is using Spin It Again [@] and it works just fine.For general purpose non-critical audio work, this is a fine product. It's so simple, it'll probably still work long after it outgrows its usefulness.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    You get what you pay for

    This works OK, but it is limited by not having input gain control.

    I'm mostly using this to digitize LP records. I have it hooked up to the tape monitor...Read complete review

    This works OK, but it is limited by not having input gain control.

    I'm mostly using this to digitize LP records. I have it hooked up to the tape monitor loop of an NAD receiver, and a Lenovo T61p running XP. The test sources are a B&O turntable and Technics CD changer. I'm using Audacity software.

    The first time I hooked it up, the Lenovo wouldn't power it up. So I hooked it up via a powered hub, and it is powered up fine. But after that, I can hook up directly to the Lenovo again, and it came up fine. The Lenovo is so buggy in so many other areas, I wouldn't put it past them to be buggy on USB ports as well.

    The first test is a Hildegard von Bingen CD. Once I settled on record level of 0.5 and playback level about +12 dB, it worked great. There's a touch of breaking up on the loud passages, but my wife had a hard time telling the recording from the original.

    The second test didn't do as well. I tried a Tom Tom Club EP. There's clearly lots of distortion all the time. Looking at the waveform in Audacity you can see clipping everywhere. Turning down the record level only reduces the height of the waveforms -- it's still clipping everywhere. It looks like the tape out of the receiver is overloading input of the UCA202, and Audacity is just taking clipped data and rescaling it in software.

    I tried downloading Behringer's driver. It doesn't seem to offer any software volume control on the inputs.

    I will try connecting it between the receiver's pre-amp out and power-amp in so I can use the receiver's main volume control and see what happens. The Behringer does have a monitor switch that just connects input to output directly so I can still monitor while recording. More updates later. Maybe.

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    5.0

    small but mighty

    By Dawei

    from Asheville, NC

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Behringer UCA202 USB/Audio Interface:

      I am converting my old vinyl record collection to digital on my computer to use with a wireless Sonos system. This Behringer USB/audio interface was just the thing I needed to accomplish my goal. It is easy to use and a great price. Could not be happier with this purchase. Great product.

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      5.0

      Does as advertised

      By Tech Guru

      from Florida

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Behringer UCA202 USB/Audio Interface:

        I was looking for a device to create a second audio path for use with VirtualDJ. This device allowed two audio paths one for master and one for headphones. Met my needs perfectly. I connected this to a Windows 8.1 Pro laptop, desktop, and Windows 7 Pro desktop. All worked without issues. Nothing separately needed to be installed. Windows OS did everything needed.

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        5.0

        Perfect For Our Needs

        By Silver Fox

        from Topinabee,Michigan

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Performances

          Comments about Behringer UCA202 USB/Audio Interface:

          Although we have not totally implemented this device,we plan to record our church services to a lap top for sending via the internet to our parish members who are either gone for the winter or for those unable to get to the worship services.

          The output feature allows us to also play music from either a thumb drive or stored music on the hard drive through our sound system for special applications

          Wish it would have included some simple software for sound level input.Otherwise very pleased.

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          5.0

          Awesome!

          By Sound Artist

          from MN

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Behringer UCA202 USB/Audio Interface:

            My Macbook lost it's output function - and the UCA202 saved the day! It's really easy to use and the sound has been smooth like butter!

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            5.0

            Price/Performance ratio is excellent

            By ash

            from SC

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording

              Comments about Behringer UCA202 USB/Audio Interface:

              If you're transitioning from using the I/O on your laptop to playback/record, you can't beat this for solving your noise problems cheaply. It's cheap enough that if you later decide you need to get a more expensive one, you won't regret this purchase too badly.

              You don't need any drivers, it just works on Mac OS X 10.8 and 10.6.

              For a rough noise/cost reference, I have a MOTU UltraLite hooked up to my Mac Pro and the hiss on the Behringer input is about the same as on an unplugged unbalanced input, which is to say, I'd need a test tool to tell the difference.

              It *does* have a low hum, but it's not nearly as loud as the hiss it's removing, at least from my Macbook Pro's audio ports. I wasn't going to buy another MOTU to just get rid of an audible hiss on a non-primary editing computer. This is where this thing is useful.

              Google for "nwavguy uca202" for a review of just how good the price/performance ratio really is.

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              4.0

              Easily Convert Your Old LPs

              By RockofAges

              from Catoctin Mountains

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Behringer UCA202 USB/Audio Interface:

                A quality device at a reasonable price for converting your old LP collection to digital files.

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                  5.0

                  It simply worked!

                  By JMT

                  from New Mexico

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Inexpensive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Podcast Or Streaming

                    Comments about Behringer UCA202 USB/Audio Interface:

                    I plugged this into a MacBook Pro so that I could record live audio from a church service in GarageBand. The computer recognized it, and the recording went smoothly. It did exactly what we needed it to do at a price that we could manage.

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                    5.0

                    Super But Outboard Volume Control Needed

                    By JimOfOakCreek

                    from Oak Creek, WI

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Low Distortion

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Behringer UCA202 USB/Audio Interface:

                      There is no volume control with this unit. The "Tape-Out" of my integrated amp will overload the Behringer and cause it to clip. The computer's volume control is of no use since the clipping occurs on the front end of the Behringer UCA202. YOU NEED AN OUTBOARD VOLUME CONTROL FOR THIS TO WORK EFFECTIVELY! I bought a Rolls MX42 Mini Mixer from B&H which works very well with the Behringer. With proper signal attenuation this unit will create 16 bit 44.1Khz WAV files of superb quality equal to a CD.

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                      5.0

                      Basic Audio Interface

                      By Audio Enthusiast

                      from Vienna, VA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • May Be Too Basic For Some

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Audio Measurement Interfa
                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Behringer UCA202 USB/Audio Interface:

                      This is as sinmple as it gets for an audio interface. It provide the basic I/O capability for interfacing with a receiver. For microphone input one also needs a microphone preamp. It works. It is cheap. It is simple and reliable. What more can I say.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Value

                      By Ogsarg

                      from San Jose, CA

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording

                        Comments about Behringer UCA202 USB/Audio Interface:

                        I used this to record vinyl from my stero to a laptop PC. Very simple to connect to my system and simple to configure on the PC. Sample rates are not as good as you can get on much more expensive products but the quality of the recordings sound as good to me as the records they were made from. For professional use, I would choose a more expensive product, but for my purposes, this is a great value.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent

                        By Franco

                        from Polk County, Fl.

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Low Distortion
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Home Studio
                          • Mobile DJ
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Behringer UCA202 USB/Audio Interface:

                          A great piece of hardware. It works fantastic and with the price, you cant beat it.

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                          1.0

                          Too much latency

                          By Andy C

                          from Long Island, NY

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • Long Latency

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Behringer UCA202 USB/Audio Interface:

                            Although I have no comment on the quality of this device (didn't really have a chance to test it), the latency of the audio make it unusable for the intended use. I wanted to use it as an audio Interface to do recording. This device may be great to digitize audio, but there is a ~200ms delay between what goes in and what comes out.

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                            5.0

                            super low cost great sound

                            By dirk of the south

                            from Greenville, SC

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Excellent Sound
                            • Low Distortion

                            Cons

                            • Limited functionality

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about Behringer UCA202 USB/Audio Interface:

                            For the price I can not compllain at all though I wish it had optical in.

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                            5.0

                            Well worth the price.

                            By Subkid

                            from San Diego, CA

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Excellent Sound
                            • Low Distortion
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about Behringer UCA202 USB/Audio Interface:

                              This is an excellent product which I highly recomend to anyone wanting to transfer audio files to a computer. With this little device I was able to change a rare audio tape to an absolutely flawless CD although it took some effort, not the fault of the product but with the free software, Audacity and with Apple iTunes. The tape I was trying to convert, being out of print was available as a CD for a price two to four times the price of the UCA 202. And the next one to work on is similarly way out there in price as a CD. There are more capabilities with this interface which I will explore in the future.

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                              5.0

                              Works great as a DAC

                              By Noks

                              from Quebec, Canada

                              About Me Novice

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Excellent Sound
                              • Low Distortion

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Home Studio

                                Comments about Behringer UCA202 USB/Audio Interface:

                                I us this product as a DAC for my O2 amp and it works flawlessly. Easy plug and play and there isnt any audible distortion.

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                                  4.0

                                  Does what I needed it to do

                                  By Buzzermick

                                  from Rising Sun, MD

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Home Studio

                                    Comments about Behringer UCA202 USB/Audio Interface:

                                    I use it to transfer my 8 track recordings on my analog machine to my computor. It seems to do the job.

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                                    5.0

                                    Nice Product

                                    By anon

                                    from Easy Street, USA

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Excellent Sound
                                    • Low Distortion

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Behringer UCA202 USB/Audio Interface:

                                        Used to transfer recordings from a 4-track tape recorder to a laptop. 4-track RCA outs to UCA202 RCA ins, UCA202 to laptop via USB. Easy as can be. UCA202 also has RCA outs and headphone jack.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great for Laptop without Audio Inpu

                                        By DC

                                        from Grand Rapids, MI

                                        About Me Novice

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Amateur Recording
                                          • Events

                                          Comments about Behringer UCA202 USB/Audio Interface:

                                          We are doing live audio broadcasts and record a lot of audio clips for the broadcasts. We have used a Mac Book that has an audio input 1/8" and connect our Behringer mixing board to it. To be able to use my HP laptop, we bought the UCA202 for that connection. Opened the box, plugged it in, set our programs to receive data from the USB connection, and that's it. Works great.

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                                          4.0

                                          cheap but it does the job

                                          By Steve

                                          from Clovis, Ca

                                          About Me Professional Musician

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Does the job
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Excellent Sound
                                          • Inexpensive
                                          • Low Distortion

                                          Cons

                                          • Lacks Interface Controls
                                          • Weak headphones
                                          • Weak Input

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Amateur Recording
                                          • Home Studio
                                          • Mobile DJ

                                          Comments about Behringer UCA202 USB/Audio Interface:

                                          I use it for listening and recording. I outputs to my Peavey 500 mixer and then to Behringer ms40 monitors.
                                          It is very basic and easy to setup. Digital output works good. Headphone output is about useless, not very loud. Audio input is good enough, but not very loud. It would have been nice too have input level settings and an equalizer for windows volume control. But at least, you can download ASIO4all drivers for it to get low latency sound processing for use with some audio software.

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                                          2.0

                                          It is not the audiophile version

                                          By mysticDave

                                          from Brooklyn, NY

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                                          Verified Buyer

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                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Behringer UCA202 USB/Audio Interface:

                                                I thought this would record audio at the quality level of my Marantz tape deck. Definitely didn't capture the highs. I think there is another version that is called 'audiophile'. I will have to check that out. But B&H service is great!

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