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post #2896 of 3320

Quick question on Bifrost and USB vs S/PDIF - assuming I am restricted to a laptop w/ USB out only, would I get better sound with the Bifrost optional USB board, or with a Hiface 2 USB/spdif converter?

 

 

My apologies if this has been asked before....

post #2897 of 3320

I have very little experience with S/PDIF converters but in all honesty the USB board in the BiFrost is top notch and I'm extremely happy with the sound from mine.

post #2898 of 3320

I find the USB input vastly inferior to optical and coaxial on my Bifrost.  By leaps and bounds.

post #2899 of 3320
Hi,

I'm wondering there is anyway to connect Idevice to bifrost.
post #2900 of 3320

you should try the Apple Camera Connection Kit (CCK). there is a discussion of it here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/507559/list-of-dacs-that-work-with-ipad/

 

and some explanations.

post #2901 of 3320

That's for the iPad only, for the rest the Pure i20 is the least expensive way to go.

post #2902 of 3320

If I connect my Bifrost to my secondary computer via toslink I hear a click sound when I click back in forth in windows folders. Just like the click sound when you turn it on. How can I get rid of this issue?

post #2903 of 3320
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Originally Posted by Killbox View Post

If I connect my Bifrost to my secondary computer via toslink I hear a click sound when I click back in forth in windows folders. Just like the click sound when you turn it on. How can I get rid of this issue?

Turn off Windows sounds, use a separate sound card for output to the Bifrost, use a different output device for windows sounds, or something else along those lines.

post #2904 of 3320

Routing system sounds through the computer's onboard speaker works for me, that way I can hear them when I'm not wearing my headphones and when I am they won't bother me.

post #2905 of 3320
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I find the USB input vastly inferior to optical and coaxial on my Bifrost. By leaps and bounds.

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post #2906 of 3320

If the USB is all that bad compared to the other inputs on the Gungnir, my configuration will be with converters:

 

  • Mac Mini > Musical Fidelity Vlink 192  > coaxial
  • iPad (with CCK) > Firestone Bravo > optical
  • Guest/Windows laptop > USB

 

But I will try the USB direct to the Apple machines first to compare.

post #2907 of 3320
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Originally Posted by grokit View Post

If the USB is all that bad compared to the other inputs on the Gungnir, my configuration will be with converters:

 

  • Mac Mini > Musical Fidelity Vlink 192  > coaxial
  • iPad (with CCK) > Firestone Bravo > optical
  • Guest/Windows laptop > USB

 

But I will try the USB direct to the Apple machines first to compare.

And if USB is not noticeably any better or worse than optical or coaxial. What will you decide to use?

post #2908 of 3320

If there's no need for the converters, I will not use them. I have found this to vary from DAC to DAC and from source to source.

 

But since only one computer can connect via USB anyways, may end up using the converters for flexibility (connecting iPad, guest laptop, etc).


Edited by grokit - 9/24/12 at 10:00pm
post #2909 of 3320
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Originally Posted by grokit View Post

If there's no need for the converters, I will not use them. I have found this to vary from DAC to DAC and from source to source.

 

But since only one computer can connect via USB anyways, may end up using the converters for flexibility (connecting iPad, guest laptop, etc).

Looking forward to your findings Grokit as I just sold my Macbook Pro and got a Macbook Air instead. 

post #2910 of 3320
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Originally Posted by Anathallo View Post

I find the USB input vastly inferior to optical and coaxial on my Bifrost.  By leaps and bounds.

 

Could you guys comment as to why you find the USB to be vastly inferior?  What differences in sound do you notice?

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