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That one looks fairly reliable, mainly because it has industry standard 1/4″ jacks, much hardier than consumer grade RCA or mini jacks, although that’s what I use on my STL computer on the boat … it never gets touched, so it gets no wear plugging-unplugging, etc. On that old iBook, there doesn’t appear to be much noise … probably because it’s a laptop.
OTOH, in my studio I use a mixing board, with a recording snake and a Presonus Firewire interface … all balanced stuff. But I still hook up unbalanced stuff to board channels (tape, turntable, CD players, instruments, etc.) in addition to balanced lowZ mics.
No real problems since I can run the audio through SoundSoap once it’s digital in the computer. If there is some noise, I can usually get rid of it.
Being a Mac user I also use GarageBand in static mode (live tracks without recording) which gives me access to all of my AU’s and VST’s in the computer. I can use all sorts of compression, instrument effects, noise suppressors, etc.