I noticed with the burson 160d the music sounds a lot better when I plug it into the front usb port on my computer vs plugging it directly into the rear(motherboard). Also when I skip forward and backwards in foobar, it does not lag like it does when I use the other ports. The sound is change is very noticeable.
USB port affects the sound?
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can be depending on how the connection is routed on the motherboard and how it gets the power. certain groups of usb ports use a different chipset and potentially different power rails. power should be less of a factor here since it's not relying on the power supply so i suspect it's the chipset
I see. The other front usb port does not have the same sound. I guess it is the chipset. I wonder if anyone else has noticed this. It really sounds like a different box depending on which port I use. The soundstage, mids and the bass all sound different. It doesn't sound as congested. Everything sounds a lot smoother, not nearly as harsh.