Originally Posted by Barry S
Ahh, I got ya. Schiit reclocks the input regardless of whether it comes from USB or SPDIF. Usually people around here either can't hear a difference or prefer SPDIF, but I've seen some preference for USB. And that's on the same equipment.
In the process of ordering the Magni, I looked at their FAQs, and it seems clear that they do reclock, and, of course, that they are familiar with all these issues.
It's interesting that both Schiit and HRT consist of:
* Electronic designers previously from high-end companies making expensive audio gear
* Now trying to make the best audio gear per dollar for customers on a budget
* In Southern California
* Using wireless assembly techniques allowing them assemble in-house instead of in Asia
Despite that similarity, one group emphasizes the dubious aspects of USB, but then has circuitry to eliminate the problems introducted by the supported toslink connection, while the other group emphasizes the dubious aspects of toslink, but then has circuitry to eliminate the problems introducted by the supported USB connection.
And then you have Benchmark which says it doesn't matter which one you use, because we are going to reclock it anyway.