Originally Posted by slim.a
The CM-108 Driver v.18.104.22.1689:
I tried after a few weeks of using the Teralink and I found the sound horrible. I tried to disable all the dsp effects but there was always a loss in resolution and sound quality. I did some research and found out it had only 14 bits of resolution vs. 16 bits of the stock windows drivers. I uninstalled it and went back to using the stock windows drivers.
The Ploytec usb asio driver :
This one improves the sound to a more neutral balance. There is less "dulling" of the sound. The soundstage size remained the same but the imaging improved.
This driver is closer in tonal balance to the sound of the Musiland and the Hiface which leads me to believe it is closer to the "truth".
Overall, I think that not all people are looking for "cleaner" sounding sources. In my experience, lowering the jitter (improving the quality of the transport) result in the following results : Bigger soundstage, less mid-bass warmth/bloat, more defined and deeper bass. Usually, you get less mid bass and more deep bass (if your equipment let you hear that) which might not be what people expect or want to hear.
Slim, a question for you:
Where did you read that the CM108 only gives 14 bits of resolution?
I would like to read up on that.
Ok, so actually we have heard the same thing with the ploytec driver,
I agree that there was more definition to the lower bass, and certainly an overall sense of cleanliness and definition to the overall sound.
I also noticed better L/R channel separation, and stereo imaging.
I listened to vinyl for years on some very good turntables with good pre amps.
I use vinyl as the benchmark sound, when I listen to CD/digital source, I want to hear something very similar to the vinyl. This is because the mix, and the overall presentation of the sound is what i remember, and like, so for me if the CD/digital source does not sound like what i remember, then i become upset with the sound. I am mostly not a fan of "remasters" except for "foreigner - the definitive" which is a great remaster, as the mix still sounds like the Vinyl, but actually with extra dynamics and extra clarity, but mostly remasters tend to unnecessarily brighten the sound, change the mix of instruments, and compress the dynamic range, i prefer the original CD over the remaster 99.8% of the time. - i'm not the only person to feel this way about remasters.
So getting back to the driver topic, In my system, the CM108 gives me a sound closer to analog, I openly admit that i like the analog sound. Frankly i think most people have to admit that they do too, as all recordings made up until the beginning of digital are analog (obivious -but often forgotten), unless someone never listens to 50s-mid80s music. Even the red hot chili peppers and ((white stripes ( i think)) record some of their new albums on analog tape.
In my system CM108 gives the punchy warm sound of analog which I enjoy.
I do like lots of detail, but i don't feel that I am a "detail freak".
I aspire for my digital front end to sound as good as my analog front end.
The CM108 driver gives me this in my system, whether, It is flawed in its specifications, it does not bother me.
But its always good to have another driver to swap over to in the event that I am in a different mood.