I think windows prioritizes local resources higher than network access. In my case it's not an issue because I am still filling up the USB-HD (wonder when I'll ever be done
) and it was my intention to hook it up to the laptop directly.
I don't know exactly about the HA-info converter, but afaik it does not work asynchonic and relies on what it gets from usb. The Musiland is one of the few that work on handshake basis, meaning it gives a signal when all bits are received and is ready for the next burst. Normal USB transfer behaves like: you just accept what I give you whether you like it or not. So the Musiland requires a windows driver. It's not expensive and it works like a charm. In Foobar I can just use [KS: Monitor 01 US] (or on this PC; 02 US), set the buffer size (50 ms-16 sec) and output data format to 24 bit (from 8-32) and I have absolutely no interference. Perfect 24-192 sound.
The 02 US has it's own 1793 DAC with opamps and is pretty good on it's own. Even the HP-out is quite ok (DT880). But the Muse 4x Mini DAC beats it for bass, naturallness, sense of space and lack of 'zing' (or false feeling of detail).
On my laptop/musicserver I use the Mon 01 USD only for optical out, so that is limited to 24-96. But I don't really care about that much. The optical isolates my DAC+T-amp from any pc related interference and vice versa.
I like the Monitor 02 so much that I didn't want to without for my HP on PC (02 US sounds better with HP than 01 US). So I bought the 01 USD extra. I don't need anything except the toslink out so the better powersupply is moot there.Edited by ]eep - 9/2/11 at 8:00am