New driver works - impressions
thanks for sending the Tenor ASIO driver to me. I installed it in my Asus EEE-PC (WinXP SP3) without any problems. I'm using foobar 1.0 with Asio4All, and also the new driver is recognized by foobar as well. My Netbook is connected via 5m USB (Clicktronic) to the TeraLink X2, which is connected via Toslink-Cable to the Optical-In of my DAC (Valab 4395 Platinum)
Now the question of all questions: How does it sound?
In comparison to Asio4All the Tenor-ASIO-Driver improves two aspects of the sound: The soundstage is wider and the bass-range sounds cleaner, more detailed. Concerning midrange and treble I didn't noticed any difference regarding tonal aspects. So the Tenor ASIO driver is clearly my favourite driver.
Additionally some remarks to the TeraLink X2:
1.) I compared between the configuration 5m USB-cable connecting Netbook with TeraLInk and the configuration little USB adapter (one end: USB Type A the other end: USB Type B) which is the connecting link between Netbook and TeraLink (that means without using a USB cable). Result: No audible difference. This was important for me, so I can use the 5m USB-Cable without the risk of less sound quality. I need the cable in order to have the Netbook at my listening place (it's my remote control with integrated display
2.) I compared the two Outputs from TeraLink (SPDIF and Toslink) connecting to my DAC. Result: The Toslink sounds a bit smoother, the SPDIF a bit more edgy/sharp in the higher midrange. I don't know, which is the better sound quality from an "objective" point of view, but I find the Toslink more pleasant for me.
The next thing I planned is to make some tests with external power (rechargeable battery-pack 12V) since there are some comments about the improvement by not using the USB powersource (e.g. gattari).
So far for now.