Hi Head-fiers, I'm a long time lurker first time poster, and this time my wallet is stumped!
I was hoping someone could kindly educate me about USB to S/PDIF interfaces.
I find that the Schiit Bifrost DAC is $450+ and houses a 24/192KHz C-Media CM6631 USB interface, so why would spending upwards of $350 on a USB S/PDIF interface make sense?
The Audiophilleo alone costs twice as much as the Bifrost, I'm simply stumped why a USB interface (that doesn't even require dedicated power) can cost more than a top rated DAC.
I'm aware in most cases a USB S/PDIF interface will output in coaxial, but if it's going into a DAC with Optical, Coaxial and USB inputs, how would that make a difference? Obviously this could be useful if your DAC doesn't have USB, or the USB interface is of poor quality, but are these prices justified?
Thanks in advance!