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Date: 2014-09-02 | ID: KB00195EN | short link:
Comparison of different GIGAPORT models
Over time, ESI has released a number of different products with the GIGAPORT name. This text explains about the differences between GIGAPort AG, GIGAPORT HD and GIGAPORT HD+. The models are described first, followed by a table that mentions details.
Please note that there is also a product called GIGAPort DG. It is a small compact interface that on the driver side is virtually identical to GIGAPort AG, however it features a single ADAT compatible optical output providing 8 digital audio channels. As this makes the product quite different, it does not appear in the table and description below.
GIGAPort AG is the original version of our 8 channel analog output USB audio interface. In a blue colored plastic case, depending on the production run either with white or red/black colored RCA outputs, it provides 8 analog outputs and a optical S/PDIF output as well as a headphone output in a compact device directly connecting to USB. Driver support is provided by a special USB ASIO driver (check information here).
GIGAPORT HD is the upgrade of GIGAPort AG. It no longer features an S/PDIF optical output, but instead adds a second headphone output. It features black RCA connectors and a dark nearly black colored plastic case. Also it adds a full EWDM driver for Windows (check the detailed info for multichannel playback here).
The later GIGAPORT HD+ is another upgrade, this time in a more compact nice aluminium metal case and with a detachable USB cable and some improvements in terms of audio quality. As it's predecessor, it features a full EWDM driver for Windows (check the detailed info for multichannel playback here).
The following table shows the important differences between these versions:
|GIGAPort AG||GIGAPORT HD||GIGAPORT HD+|
|colors / case||plastic, blue||plasic, black||aluminium, white & silver|
|aprox. dimensions||17cm x 8cm x 2.5cm||17cm x 8cm x 2.5cm||12cm x 7cm x 2cm|
|analog output channels||8||8||8|
|analog line output connectors||RCA||RCA||RCA|
|USB connection||fixed||fixed||detachable mini-USB|
|2 channel optical digital output||yes||no||no|
|2 channel headphone output (mix)||yes, 1/8" (info)||yes, 1/8" (info)||yes, 1/4" (info)|
|2 channel headphone output (channel 1/2)||no||yes, 1/8" (info)||yes, 1/4" (info)|
|full EWDM driver support under Windows||no||yes||yes|
|ASIO support under Windows||yes||yes||yes|
|product description & picture||click here||click here||click here|
Other important features such as Mac OS X compatibility are virtually identical between the three products, so they are not listed specificially on this table. Check the inidividual product page and / or product manuals to get information about detailed specifications.
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