Saw this on ebay, and decided to buy it last night. Was thinking of going with the Musical Fidelity 192 but the $400 price is rather steep for a converter, imho.
For a quarter of the price, with shipping, I thought this was a great deal for converting those higher quality files.
I have the original Eastern Electric Minimax Tube Dac, running it with the first version of the Musical Fideltiy V-Link, which does only 24 bit/ 96 kHz.
Some info from the ebay listing:
The Lars Audio USB 01 24/192 converter is a must-have component for your computer-based music system.
The USB 01 24/192 converts a computer-derived USB input of up to 24 bits and 192kHz to SPDIF and outputs the signal on a 75 ohm RCA or the optical output.
It immensely improves the sound of your 16-bit 44.1 kHz music files as well!
• Converts USB computer-sourced files to SPDIF output
• Cmedia new CM6610 true USB 2.0 high speed chips
• Accepts high-resolution audio files with data rates up to 24 bits and 192KHz•
• Low-jitter clock recovery features reference crystal oscillator
• Self-powered via USB input benefiting from LC filters and low-noise local regulation and it can be upgraded via a external power supply.
• Galvanic isolation between computer and audio system prevents high-frequency noise from polluting signals
Compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 only.
- Accepts data up to 24 bit/192 kHz
- USB powered
- Asynchronous USB transfer, re-clocking with a fixed low jitter crystal clock
- Galvanic isolation between USB and the analog circuits, which means no noise from the computer will be transferred to your amplifier
- Super low noise power supply with multi-stage regulation and filtering
- For low out-of-band noise we use low order modulator
- For a more "analog" behavior (no pre-ringing) we use a digital filter with minimum phase
- The analog output stage is a high performance stage with high drive capabilit