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Anyone try Lars Audio USB to COAX/SPDIF/OPTICAL 24/192 converter?

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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. 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/160824737958?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649#ht_5584wt_1161

 

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:

 

 

 

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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.

 

Technical specifications

  • 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
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Originally Posted by Carlsan View Post

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. 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/160824737958?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649#ht_5584wt_1161

 

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.

If you already have the Eastern Electric Mini-Max tube DAC, why would you need to use anything else?

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If you already have the Eastern Electric Mini-Max tube DAC, why would you need to use anything else?

 

Unfortunately  if you want to use a direct USB connection between the DAC and a computer, the EE DAC is limited to 16 bit/48 kHz signal input due to its use of the ubiquitous Burr Brown PCM2707 USB receiver chip.  It is by no means state-of-the-art and is the dac's biggest weakness.

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Sound cards with Coaxial output

 

The HT Omega stricker 7.1 sound card

several used ones on eBay

 

Auzentech X-Plosion sound card

 

The Rosswill RC-702 sound card

 

Vantec UGT-S100 sound card

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Sound cards with Coaxial output

 

The HT Omega stricker 7.1 sound card

several used ones on eBay

 

Auzentech X-Plosion sound card

 

The Rosswill RC-702 sound card

 

Vantec UGT-S100 sound card

 

I already have a sound card that I use for gaming.

 

Why are we off topic here? I ask a simple question,  

 

 

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Anyone try Lars Audio USB to COAX/SPDIF/OPTICAL 24/192 converter?

 

 

If you can't answer that, or have anything to say about the LARS AUDIO USB 24/192 converter, or any other related audio USB converter, then move along....

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Originally Posted by Carlsan View Post

I already have a sound card that I use for gaming.

Why are we off topic here? I ask a simple question,  

If you can't answer that, or have anything to say about the LARS AUDIO USB 24/192 converter, or any other related audio USB converter, then move along....

Sorry, I just like to through out options for people just in case I find something they might not have though of.

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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

Sorry, I just like to through out options for people just in case I find something they might not have though of.


Yeah, I got grumpy, no offense taken, happens after a six hour flight back from West Coast.

 

I have a specific need, others may as well. If I didn't care about changing out the sound card, your suggestions would have been helpful.

thanks anyway

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