Audiophile Soundcard for Ripping Vinyl
I'm looking for an Audiophile soundcard for recording vinyl from my turntable. I set it up last night using the on-board Realtek AC97 audio. I was looking at either the M-Audio Audiophile 2496 or M-Audio Audiophile 192.
Also can you please advise what the best non-lossy file format is for archiving purposes and software to use. I used Audacity and saved as uncompressed WAV 48kHz sampling rate. Will sampling at 192kHz justify the extra cost of the Audiophile 192 soundcard?
Also is Audacity the best softare to use? From my understanding there is a special version of Pro Tools called M-Powered specificially for M-Audio devices. Is this worth using?