Originally Posted by MikeW
these converter's arnt exactly peanuts, you really have to weigh their cost into a better dac to begin with. You've got 4 converters there, at roughly 465$. Could have bought a 465$ more expensive dac. Or a 160$ more dac if you just count the M2tech. With all you've spent, you could have damn near bought an Off Ramp, then you'd not worry about these comparisons because there is no better. It is a good shoot-out though and I appreciate the comparison. I'd really love a comparsion to an EMU 0404 PCI, as I suspect it may better all of these, based on specs alone. It cannot be compared to the USB Version, it's in another league entirely for SPDIF output. Just look at the tech specs at E-mu website. USB vesion is not transformer coupled, and the claimed Jitter specs are 4-5x higher. Although it's been said that the M2Tech is better then the Lynx and we can certainly assume that lynx betters the EMU. Though no one has talked about how the lynx actually sounds, only specs.
Originally Posted by tosehee
That's a good point. But, what if you already bought your DAC? Would you sell yours just to get a better DAC that you can possibly buy?
These purchases are incremental. It's like not someone buy these all at once. If I had accumulated all money that I spent on Audio equipments, I can buy the THE DAC that I want. But then, I didn't know better, neither most of us are.
Like tosehee said, these purchases were incremental, I didn"t buy all of them at once, and it would have been stupide of me to do so
.For instance, I have had the emu0404 usb for close three years now. As for the other units, I acquired them during the last few months and they were relatively cheap. My wireworld ultraviolet usb cost me more than the Teralink-X for example.
Anyway, it was a trial and error thing and by writing my comparison, I wanted to share my experience with those units which might save time and money for someone looking to buy a relatively affordable and good performing usb to spdif converter.