Originally Posted by frankie67
Did you look at the Matrix Mini? seems to have what you're looking for and got good reviews. Also I am looking for a similar DAC to connect to Adam A3x speakers.
Certainly looks like a decent option. Although it uses the old USB standard which only allows for 44.1/48kHz input. Also, a lot of people seem to dislike how the USB input sounds, even recommending an usb to coaxial converter.
Originally Posted by JRG1990
EMU 0404 usb .
I'm hesitant to buy something which is already cheap, and also offers a lot of functionality. It has a lot I don't need so would rather pay for better sound.
Also: "Macintosh analog operation up to 96kHz and digital operation up to 48kHz only at this time."
Edit: My computer also has an optical output, would this eliminate the need for an USB DAC or is the optical out in any way inferior? It's both digital, so shouldn't make a difference right? Or do cheap optical outs suck?
Also, a firewire DAC would be an option, too.
Edited by Microcuts - 1/18/12 at 8:17am