Nice info computerstud.
post #16 of 24
2/7/08 at 4:12am
The E-MU web site, and previous posts on the forum, clearly show that the 0404 USB uses the AK4396 DAC from AKM, their top of the line unit, while the 0202 USB uses the CS4392, a somewhat older DAC from Cirrus.
Two different generations of technology from two different manufacturers.
I have had the EMU 0202 for a while and I have a 0404 on order, I will get it on the third week of february. I will post a detailed head to head comparison once I get it.
I have had both the 0202 and the 0404 side by side.
If you are planning to use either one as an AMP/DAC combo, go with the 0404. The 0202 built in amp is pretty much worthless for high impedence phones.
As far as DAC goes, the 0404 tops the 0202 by a slight margin (not an OMG, a beauty and the beast "a whole new world" kind of difference) but a worthwhile upgrade.
Hope this helps you decide.
I have the E-MU 0202 USB. How good is the stock USB cable as far as sound quality is concerned? Would it be profitable to replace it with a more refined cable?