Originally Posted by FooMojo
Hate to rain on the party, but I just don't think its gonna happen as a DIY project. SPDIF as mentioned previously is not a straight-forward conversion for ODAC or other USB-only DACs... need a completely new design or a drastic redesign to make it happen. Now combine this with USB Host capability which would be required on the SPDIF to USB converter to allow USB DACs to connect and enumerate and you basically have a mini motherboard project on your hands.
Extremely high barriers to overcome... not impossible, but given the relatively low cost of many SPDIF capable external DACs it would be a pretty unique situation which would compel someone to undertake this as DIY.
Yes, and you've already contributed on this point. That's not new information. This is apart from the ODAC. That was just an example I brought up.
In any case, you're slightly exaggerating on the whole "mini-motherboard" front but as I said, the point is understood. There was no "party" going on nor therefore one to rain on. You did something rather unnecessary frankly, for reasons one can only guess.
Well anyway, you have the last thing backwards. You mention that there are many low-cost DACs which support S/PDIF which is what takes out the motivation to undergo this relative project. The whole point would be for exactly the opposite point though, which is to be able to pair an already existing high quality USB DAC which you may then be used with more sources. I mean, in general this would add more flexibility in modular designs or otherwise can fit in people's currently existing setups where they in fact wouldn't now have to replace their things, including their DAC which would need to be replaced by an equally expensive one (or one to high standards at any rate). Not sure why you felt the need to "rain" on anything, nor does it matter much. I guess thank you for your contribution and lets leave it at that.
Edited by Typhoon859 - 11/18/13 at 10:28am