I purchased it with much excitement--it gets great reviews on this site. However, when it arrived I spent several days troubleshooting an issue I never could figure out. I came to the conclusion that the HRT device does not work well on older desktop computers.
My setup is:
PC Desktop foobar 2000 --> ASIO4ALL/WASAPI (I tried both) --> HRT Music Streamer II --> Little Dot MKIII --> HD 650
I have a desktop computer I reserve mainly for listening to music. It's older, but usually works fine for those purposes. Upon plugging in the HRT Music Streamer II and playing music, I immediately noticed various noises: mainly I would describe it as popping and skipping. The sound occurred consistently while playing any music.
I searched online and tried several things:
- tried iTunes and Winamp instead of Foobar
- In Foobar, tried several playback methods: direct from sound driver, ASIO4ALL, and WASAPI
- Tried changing the buffer size in Foobar to 50ms
- purchased a powered USB Hub and plugged HRT into that
- tried different usb cables
None of these methods made much of a difference. I had high hopes for the powered Hub, that did almost nothing.
I plugged the HRT into another newer computer and it worked flawlessly, so it isn't the HRT. I have come to the conclusion that my older system just can't handle it. I'm not sure if it is the Asynchronous USB or what.
I ended up purchasing an ODAC and all my problems have disappeared.
I'm curious, has anyone else had a similar experience?