Stello U3: async USB to coax & AES/EBU transport <Impressions updated> - Page 2
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Interesting! It's 3AM here, I'll check this thread thoroughly tomorrow. But indeed I agree when he says "Everybody else follows along from the extracted clock regardless of the internal pathways for the data" as I really like the sound of CS8414 when using a short RCA male/male adapter and a low jitter transport, but it quickly becomes hollow and jittery to hell when using a 1m coax cable and a cheapo transport. CS8414 has a pretty poor clock extraction recovery algorithm, but if you chew its job it sounds most excellent IME.
To those interested: http://www.gearslutz.com/board/1788545-post2.html
It indeed makes far more sense to slave your transport to your DAC through a word clock signal, but this kind of setup doesn't come cheap.
Edited by leeperry - 7/29/11 at 6:33pm
I have shamelessly throw a question at Audiophilleo regarding how well it will perform against the U3 given its price premium.
The guy replied that he believes the U3 will have considerably higher jitter and phase noise and that the measurement he took from a XMOS board is not good.
No sure how true his reply is. Hmmm.
How about showing us the measurements?
from what 6moons say, the Eximus will already have a U3 board embedded: http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/aprilmusic8/3.html
Ok. I have just bought myself a Stello U3 =D
It is much heavier than expected so I don't think I can dock it at the back of my DAC with the XLR coupler.
Any AES/ABU cable recommendation??
Edited by uelover - 8/5/11 at 3:37am
My desk forbids me from using books or anything else to support the U3 at the back of my DAC because my desk is just too narrow.
It is for this reason that I always buy DAC that is short.
It is either getting a new desk or a simple AES cable which I think is more practical T_T
which reminds me of the "Head-Fi, the only place where you can plug headphones into a laptop, have them not work, and say "thank goodness it's just the laptop"" quote
Edited by leeperry - 8/5/11 at 4:49am
Lol. All things are peripherals in the world of audio.
I noticed that U3's performance varies when I shift it around. Was placing it on top of my DAC before moving it some 1m away. Not sure if it is due to interference from my DAC's PSU or the power cord.
"performance varies" sounds a bit vague...what do you mean? Maybe your digital cable between the DAC and the U3 is catching interferences.