> Why is the latency between audio input -> audio output be any more
> difficult than the latency between USB input -> video output?
When doing multitrack recording, the performer is listening to the audio
output while singing / playing / speaking in time with it. Any human-
perceptible latency in the loop interferes with her ability to perform
well: lags are *incredibly* painful in this situation.
JACK-with-RT makes it possible to drive the latency down to a few
milliseconds (two on my laptop, using a decent USB audio interface),
making it again pleasant (even possible) to do multi-track work.