A nice suggestion for everyone to try and let me know what you think... (in light of the new Aune T1 MK2)
I never believed that jitter was an issue until researching into it recently. Basically, I was extremely skeptical that jitter would actually affect my DACs, since I never heard any pops/cracks/fizzles/distortion. Well, what I read was that you don't actually ever hear "jitter", but you will actually hear an improvement if you reduce jitter. I guess this might sound stupid, but I decided to try a test and see if I could hear any difference.
Normally, I play most of my FLAC files off a portable hard drive, which is connected through a USB 2 port... I decided to load my files into my laptops RAM instead and play them directly from there. My laptop also has a solid state drive, but the RAM is much faster for reading from. I loaded a foobar plugin called "foo_ramdisk" which allows for the files to be temporarily loaded into RAM and fed over to the Aune T1.
I have to say that I actually do think the sound is improved... it sounds slightly more detailed and clear to me, and perhaps a little less muddled (not that I found it muddled to begin with). Could I tell the difference doing a blind test? Probably not... maybe it's a placebo effect!
I did like the plugin enough to install a program which creates a permanent RAM disk... you basically tell it how much memory to allocate to a dedicated drive.
This is making me think that the new T1 may actually sound better, even with the same components, as it is supposed to reduce jitter through an asynchronous implementation.
I'd love to hear some opinions and for some people to call me out :P