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post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by leeperry View Post
...and the head-fi shill machine goes ahead and allows them to sell like hot cakes
post #17 of 22
I'm still learning about this stuff, so forgive me if this is a dumb question. I just bought a uDac which I use as a DAC and a headphone amp, looks like I could have gotten a better unit (Musiland Monitor 02 US) for $40 more . But my sources are all 44 khz 16 bit (CDs ripped to MP3 or Flac). Do you think the superior capabilities of the Musiland 02 US would be apparent with that constraint? I don't see how the 16/48 usb chip is a limitation with material derived from a CD.

thanks in advance
post #18 of 22
well the musiland run asynchronous proprietary USB drivers, bit-perfect and support KS/ASIO out of the box...this kind of things is usually only to be found on 4 figures DAC's

the uDAC runs the cheapest 16/48 USB chip money can buy, no ASIO/KS and god knows whether windows or their implementation won't resample everything at 48kHz.

also they use a cheapo analog pot, which is a big no-no...better do 32bit digital volume attenuation by a long shot!

the uDAC is mostly a $0.98 Sabre DAC + a cheapo regular USB chip + a bunch of caps...it must cost them less than $10/15 out of their chinese factory.

for the reason previously explained(wonky clock synthesis), I won't be getting the 02(the built-in PSU looks cheapo and prolly throws large amounts of EMI onto the audio circuits anyhow), but the 01 for $90 shipped sounds like a hell of a deal

BTW, Hyperduel has confirmed me that KS works in "auto" samplerate on XP, they only support 16/32 bit(but you can send 24bit padded to 32 of course) and KS doesn't run in exclusive mode.

and there's many nice 24/96 audio files around I really don't wanna butcher to 16/48...and Reclock requires to resample the audio to provide you w/ butter-smooth 24p movies, and better oversample to 88.2/96kHz to keep the trebles as clear as possible
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by dana789 View Post
I'm still learning about this stuff, so forgive me if this is a dumb question. I just bought a uDac which I use as a DAC and a headphone amp, looks like I could have gotten a better unit (Musiland Monitor 02 US) for $40 more . But my sources are all 44 khz 16 bit (CDs ripped to MP3 or Flac). Do you think the superior capabilities of the Musiland 02 US would be apparent with that constraint? I don't see how the 16/48 usb chip is a limitation with material derived from a CD.

thanks in advance
The 02 is said to be a good unit based on reports from the end users in various threads.
Not sure if it would be a easily noticable upgrade from what you have.
See if you can find somebody that has one and sit down and do a listening test, comparing both. That's the only way you will know for sure.
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by leeperry View Post
well the musiland run asynchronous proprietary USB drivers, bit-perfect and support KS/ASIO out of the box...this kind of things is usually only to be found on 4 figures DAC's

the uDAC runs the cheapest 16/48 USB chip money can buy, no ASIO/KS and god knows whether windows or their implementation won't resample everything at 48kHz.

also they use a cheapo analog pot, which is a big no-no...better do 32bit digital volume attenuation by a long shot!

the uDAC is mostly a $0.98 Sabre DAC + a cheapo regular USB chip + a bunch of caps...it must cost them less than $10/15 out of their chinese factory.

for the reason previously explained(wonky clock synthesis), I won't be getting the 02(the built-in PSU looks cheapo and prolly throws large amounts of EMI onto the audio circuits anyhow), but the 01 for $90 shipped sounds like a hell of a deal

BTW, Hyperduel has confirmed me that KS works in "auto" samplerate on XP, they only support 16/32 bit(but you can send 24bit padded to 32 of course) and KS doesn't run in exclusive mode.

and there's many nice 24/96 audio files around I really don't wanna butcher to 16/48...and Reclock requires to resample the audio to provide you w/ butter-smooth 24p movies, and better oversample to 88.2/96kHz to keep the trebles as clear as possible
thanks, I have a good engineering background but have lots to learn about audio gear. I'm also a bit surprised at how passionate folks can be on these issues. In any case, thanks for the info and advice.
post #21 of 22
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so much opinions....
does Musiland Monitor 02 US plays better then udac?
leeperry, you said about 3 sec delay. This is for udac or musiland?This ain'ta big problem, but this ain't good at all... BTW how does it plays ion comparsion to 01 us?? i'll use only HP output

Here's about the same topic here. and dac extacy was mentioned there.
post #22 of 22
musiland, it'd be more 2" than 3" apparently...anyway, I'm ordering it anytime soon
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