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I wouldn't wander into the idea that one DAC chip had softer bass, that's just too big if audible not to come from something else in the implementation. else it would appear clearly in the chipset's measurements. and there are just too many variables for me to even dare put my finger on only one possible reason.

 

but about usb I'm 100% with you guys. from the get go it's a bad choice for audio. obviously USB is a convenient universal choice because it's on almost any device nowadays ... but it comes to no surprise that the most convenient, most universal, not at all done for music in the first place, might not be the highest audio quality option ^_^.

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I wouldn't wander into the idea that one DAC chip had softer bass, that's just too big if audible not to come from something else in the implementation. else it would appear clearly in the chipset's measurements. and there are just too many variables for me to even dare put my finger on only one possible reason.

I agree. For instance the AK120II uses Cirrus DAC chips and sounds phenomenal when used purely as a DAC. Implementation, implementation, implementation.
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As a USB DAC ODAC sounds better to my ears than 6S-MKII. But if fed by either Coax or Optical, UHA-6S-MKII turns it around. Especially when I use it as DAC/preamp to my Marantz integrated amplifier.

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Originally Posted by castleofargh View Post

but about usb I'm 100% with you guys. from the get go it's a bad choice for audio. obviously USB is a convenient universal choice because it's on almost any device nowadays ... but it comes to no surprise that the most convenient, most universal, not at all done for music in the first place, might not be the highest audio quality option ^_^.

 

+1, fine for peripherals and USB 3.0 devices-- irrelevant to the context here but it explains its ubiquity-- however I prefer the optical design for DACs.

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