USB Stereo Audio Adapter External Sound Card

Add headphone and MIC audio connectors through USB

Product ID: ICUSBAUDIOB

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  • 3.5mm mini-jack connectors for headphone and MIC
  • Headphone and microphone support on PlayStation 3
  • Compact, palm sized form factor
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This USB Audio adapter converts a USB port to an audio port, letting you add a headset and microphone to your computer without the need to unplug other devices.

Compliant with USB 2.0 and USB audio device specification 1.0, the USB audio adapter couldn't be any simpler to install. It's as easy as connecting the adapter to an available USB 2.0 port, then connecting your audio devices to the provided 3.5 mm audio ports as needed.

Compatible with most versions of Windows and Mac operating systems, the adapter integrates into virtually any computer environment, and provides superb sound quality and convenience.

Note: The ICUSBAUDIOB supports mono, and not stereo microphone input.

Applications

  • Add audio support to any USB capable computer system
  • Replace a failed onboard audio port for desktops or laptops
  • Connect 3.5mm mini-jack headset to a Playstation 3 console

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • A compact and portable audio adapter that can instantly give a system audio capabilities without any software or driver installation
  • Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support

Partner Numbers

  • Tech Data 10920262
  • ASI 81377
  • D&H ICUSBAUDIOB
  • Ingram Micro USA U45636
  • SYNNEX US STA-ICUSBAUDIOB
  • UPC 065030831710

Compatibility

  • Windows 7 logo
  • Linux logo
  • Windows 8 logo
  • Windows 10 logo
  • Windows Server 2012 logo
  • macOS Sierra (10.12) logo
  • macOS High Sierra (10.13) logo
  • macOS Mojave (10.14) logo
  • Windows Server 2016 logo
  • Windows Server 2019 logo
  • macOS Catalina (10.15) logo
  • macOS Big Sur (11.0) logo
Windows® 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019
macOS 10.6 to 10.15, 11.0
Linux 3.5 to 4.11.x LTS Versions Only

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) 1 - Connector Type(s) USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0
2 - Connector Type(s) 3.5 mm Mini-Jack (3 Position)
Hardware Chipset ID C-Media - CM108AH
Packaging Information Package Height 1.3 in [33 mm]
Package Length 5.6 in [14.3 cm]
Shipping (Package) Weight 3.4 oz [97 g]
Package Width 6.8 in [17.3 cm]
Physical Characteristics Weight of Product 0.5 oz [14 g]
Color Black
Material Plastic
Product Length 2.4 in [62 mm]
Product Width 1.1 in [27 mm]
Product Height 0.5 in [12 mm]
Software OS Compatibility Windows® 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019
macOS 10.6 to 10.15, 11.0
Linux 3.5 to 4.11.x LTS Versions Only
Special Notes / Requirements Note The ICUSBAUDIOB supports mono, and not stereo microphone input
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package USB to Audio Adapter
Instruction Manual

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Frequently Asked Questions

Installation

Before you install the device, make sure that your operating system is current (for example, the most recent service pack is installed).

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website at http://www.startech.com/Support. The part number and product ID are on the product packaging.

Note: Windows usually saves the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. After the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, click Extract All, and complete the instructions.
  2. In the list of extracted files, right-click the Setup.exe file and click Run as Administrator.

Note: If the Run as Administrator option is not available, you might be trying to run the installer from within the zipped file. Complete the instructions in step 2 to extract the files.

  1. Complete the instructions to install the device drivers, and restart your computer when prompted to.
  2. After your computer restarts, connect the USB sound card to your computer.

Your computer automatically finishes installing the driver and your device should be ready to use.

Before you install the device, make sure that your operating system is current (for example, the most recent service pack is installed).

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website at www.startech.com/Downloads. The part number and product ID are on the product packaging.

Note: Windows usually saves the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Documents and Settings\your_name\My Documents\Downloads).

  1. After the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, click Extract All, and complete the instructions.
  2. In the list of extracted files, double-click the Setup.exe file.
  3. Complete the instructions to install the device drivers, and restart your computer when prompted to.

Your computer automatically finishes installing the driver and your device should be ready to use.

Troubleshooting

If the USB device does not work after your computer has been in extended hibernation, it is likely that Windows has automatically turned off the USB Root hub to save power. 

The steps below outline how to configure the USB root hub to stay on during hibernation, to prevent this from happening.
 

Windows 10 / 8

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows XP

  1. On your desktop, right-click the My Computer icon and select Properties.
  2. Click the Device Manager tab.
  3. Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers by clicking the arrow to the left of it.
  4. Right-click the first USB Root Hub device and select Properties.
  5. Click the Power Management tab.
  6. Clear the box next to Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.
  7. Click OK to apply the setting.
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 for any remaining devices in the Universal Serial Bus Controllers section with “Root Hub” in the name.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

When you troubleshoot issues with a sound card, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • Stereo audio cables

  • Speakers or headsets

  • Sound card

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the stereo audio cables, speakers or headsets, and sound card in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.

  • Use a different set of stereo audio cables, speakers or headphones, and sound card in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test your cables, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Test each cable individually.

  • Use short cables when you are testing.

When you test the speakers or headsets and sound card, it is recommended that you do the following:

To check the default playback device on a computer that is running a version of Windows XP, do the following:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Sound and Audio Devices.
  4. Click the Audio tab.
  5. In the Default device drop-down menu, click the sound card.

To check the default playback device on a computer that is running a version of Windows Vista or Windows 7, do the following:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Hardware and Sound.
  4. Click Sound.
  5. On the Playback tab, right-click the sound card and click Set as Default Device.

To check the default playback device on a computer that is running a version of Windows 8, do the following:

  1. Press the Windows key + X.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Hardware and Sound.
  4. Click Sound.
  5. Click the Audio tab.
  6. On the Playback tab, right-click the sound card and click Set as Default Device.

How To

To confirm that Windows detects your USB device, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your USB device is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your USB device, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

To confirm that the Mac OS detects your USB device, complete the following:

  1. Click the Apple icon.
  2. Click About This Mac.
  3. Click More Info or System Report.
  4. Under the appropriate heading, confirm that your USB device is listed and that there isn't an error. For example, a network card would be under Ethernet Cards.

You may need to refresh the System Information page after you plug in your device.  To do so, press Command R with the System Information page open.

Your USB device is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your USB device, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Compliance and safety

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  • RoHS
    • Language: English
  • WEEE
    • Language: English

Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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By: Claudio - 06/22/2016
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Flimsy construction

By: Rob in Ottawa - 03/02/2017
I purchased the unit to use instead of having to plug earphones or a small computer speaker around the back of my computer located under my desk. I plugged it in the usb port on the front and the sound was thin but worked. Unfortunately, the earplug cable put stress on the plug and the metal jack that goes into the USB port, broke away from the board inside the jacks plug.
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Barry, Customer Support on 3/3/2017 9:50:59 AM
Hi Rob, We're sorry to hear about this! This is not the type of experience we would want to see with our of our products. We will have one of our technical advisors get in touch with you via email to coordinate a replacement, while also gather more specifics about your setup and use of the USB adapter. Thanks and sorry for the inconvenience.
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