Comparing the Asus Essence One (not the Muse Edition) with the Teac UD-H01, which one comes on top, mainly for headphone listening?
Anyone have experience with both?
I had the TEAC very briefly.. Drivers were terrible so if you need usb support i'd look elsewhere personally (on Windows 7 at least). Sound wise it was OK but the Asus is a better built unit with superior support + the opamp upgrading option offers greater potential again.
I've not idea on mac support but it uses Tenor's TE8802 chip which is notoriously bad - the Asus c-media usb interface chip is far less problematic! I personally would say it's worth the difference... I returned the TEAC and kept the Xonar despite the £100 cost difference.
I have a media only computer and Muse EI and I didn't think so but had to ask. What do you recommend? I've looked at the Parasound Zphono USB. Are there others I should consider?
Re; ripping vinyl
I tried going from my analog preamp out to the line-in on the computer and recording with Audacity (24 bit) and it works. Only thing is I'm not sure if the quality is as good as I could get some other way. Thje pre-amp is a vintage Yamaha CX2020 with a great head-amp for my MC cartridge so that is OK but I'm not sure about going into the computer's on-board sound line-in. I do have an Audiotrack Prodigy HD2 Advance DE with up-graded op-amps that I removed when I got the E1 muse. I could re-install that for ripping if it is thought that the quality would be better. Thoughts ... comments? Thanks.