post #16 of 22
2/6/10 at 11:17am
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
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