Stello remarks & questions
I wanted to share my experience with the Stello DA 100 and ask some questions.
My CD-player started to give problems a while ago, so I made the change to a notebook audio system about a month ago.
My setup is as follows:
External harddisk ->
Asus eeepc notebook 701 with Windows XP and Foobar2000 and ASIO ->
Stello DA 100 ->
Harman Kardon HK 680 amplifier ->
Bowers & Wilkins DM2000 speakers.
(probably not many of you will know these speakers, they're models dating from around '86, but still sound great, this is how they look : Bowers-Wilkins-DM2000
I already had a good sound with my Sony XA30ES CD-player, but I had never expected the sound to improve so much with this Stello: better bass (not more, but even lower), better imaging and separation and more detail. I'm discovering new details in CD's I've had for years.
I have some questions though:
1) As has been mentioned the Stello indeed gets quite hot, so much so that even the input dial gets warm! I wonder: doesn't this limit its life expectancy? And would it help to attach cooling ribs or something like that? I'd rather not cool it actively with a fan because of the noise. Or is there simply no reason to worry?
2) The manual mentions it doesn't support ASIO driver, but that works for me. Because of that remark in the manual I first tried to get kernel streaming to work, but it simply wouldn't play that way. So I tried the ASIO4ALL driver and that works perfectly. Could somebody explain this?
3) I've read on some forum threads & reviews the USB input only supports 16bit/44.1KHz. However, I've played some test files and it also plays 24/44.1 files (not 24/96 though). Does that mean it can really handle these, or does it downsample to 16/44.1 and then converts it? I'm asking because some record labels are starting to release downloadable 24bit flac files and I wonder if there's a point in trying these.
Well, that's it for now, back to listening!