Behringer UCA202 USB/Audio Interface

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

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

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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
UPC: 689076361262
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Behringer UCA202 - Low Latency 2 Input / 2 Output USB/Audio Interface with Digital Output for Mac and Windows
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    Behringer UCA202 specs

    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
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.244 x 5.669 x 1.496"

    Behringer UCA202 reviews

    UCA202 USB/Audio Interface is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 106.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super But Outboard Volume Control Needed 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.
    Date published: 2013-03-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Portable RCA-USB Audio Interface Very good value and ease of use. 4/5 stars because it doesn't sound as good as some higher end and much more expensive gear (Echo, Motu). But in this price range, you are not supposed to be comparing those items anyway. It works great with an old field recording laptop (IBM Thinkpad with Windows XP 32 bit) and has low latency. The built in headphone monitoring is helpful as well. The volume control doesn't track well at the very minimum of its setting, but works well when above 25%.
    Date published: 2016-02-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best $ I've ever spent I bought this in order to play music from my laptop through my audio system, via the USB port. It does exactly what it's supposed to do, without any fuss whatsoever. The sound quality is vastly superior to what I was getting via the headphone jack on my laptop. Very small and portable, and the UCA202's own headphone jack is a great bonus, sounding a lot better than the built-in one on my laptop. Highly recommended. I haven't used it to record music onto my laptop, since that isn't something I need at the moment.I'm sure that there are other units that sound marginally better, but they don't cost $.
    Date published: 2010-01-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2008-04-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth the price. 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.
    Date published: 2012-07-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent way to copy those LP's to CD I had several classic 60s/70s LP's, and wanted to copy them to a more modern format. My laptop lacked the common 'line-in' port, thus requiring a USB solution. This USB interface is an excellent low-cost way for connecting the turntable to the computer. It is small, extremely easy to setup, and is a breeze to use. Many archival audio sources are not digital, such as cassette tape, reel-to-reel tape, LP, etc. I would highly recommend the UCA202 to anyone such as myself, that needs a way to capture those old analog memories.
    Date published: 2008-11-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product! A Must Have! A+ This product is amazing. It does what it does, it does it for the right price, and it's incredibly compact and light, which makes it great for mobile situations. If I want to capture a certain event in progress, it's great that I don't have to worry about batteries, because it is USB powered. As well, the preamp in the component is top notch. Sometimes, though, it will pick some electrical interference, so you have to make sure of where you are recording, and that you do your best to block off these extra frequencies. But all in all, that happens to almost every recording product. Amazing! If you are considering this item, take it from me. It pays for itself in the first hour of use.
    Date published: 2009-06-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Value Purchaased as an interface between our Mackie 1202-VLS Pro mixer and a pc running Audacity. The principal use is the recording of voiceovers for documentary television. It does the job well, without hassle and at the right price point.
    Date published: 2015-02-06
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