On Wed, 2006-04-05 at 19:56 -0400, Dave Robillard wrote:
I think after reading the comments in this thread that you may have a
hard time finding a niche. There are already devices on the market with
good GPL drivers that do all this - the appeal of the open graphics
project was that there were no good graphics cards with GPL drivers.
That leaves the options of competing on price/quality with the likes of
RME and M-Audio, or a DSP device, which although I think it's a cool
idea, there's a lot of resistance to it. I don't think your feature set
is necessarily "consumer stuff", it's just that most such devices to
date (Creative) have kind of been crap.
Lately however Creative/EMU's DSP cards have been getting great reviews
(X-Fi, EMU 1212M, etc) - they seem to have fixed a lot of the common
complaints about the SBLive! based devices (crappy codecs, horrible
resampling). And they are still damn cheap ($200-300 tops IIRC) but
have no Linux drivers. This might be an area to investigate, but I
suspect you would need years of development to produce a device of that
quality for anywhere near Creative's price point.