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Anybody have the new Wyred 4 Sound uLINK?

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Available now: ->http://www.wyred4sound.com/webapps/p/74030/117839/803639

 

Wondering how it sounds and if it can hold its own against the Stello U3 and Audiophilleo1. I also wonder if it is an improvement over the built in usb receiver in the W4S DAC2.


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There is a review of this here.

 

http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2012/12/wyred4sound-ulink-microlink-usb-spdif-convertor-review/

 

Looks interesting. Wonder how it competes against like prices USB converters like the V-Link 192.

 

I need a USB/SPDIF converter for the Rega DAC, as the USB implementation on it is not great at all.

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I got one last week: after installing driver it works flawlessly with my BADA-1 through both kernel streaming and asio.

 

Unfortunately this is my first usb adapter, so I cannot compare it to any similar product. My original target is Bel Canto ulink, but found this unit with the same name by coincidence. With its stock usb cable and a $6 Cable2Go BNC cable, my first rough impression is that it at least equals the digital output of my Lynx L22 card.

 

 

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Hi attilais. Does the LED on the ulink change color in accordance to the bit rate?
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Hi Keevs, I just tried 44.1/96/192Khz files, and the LED did not change color.

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Yes, this is #100 comment, phew lol. I have uDAC and really like it. They also have an uDAC HD now for headphone listening too. I picked the uDAC because I can hook up USB, Coax and Tos link, then change them at the flick of a switch. I was listening to SACDs and CDs from sony sacd player and out to a Musical Fidelity v-can amp for awhile. Then after switching to this I noticed improvement in sound from lossless files, which is what I was looking for from it. I think it improves the sound of my lossless files to better than straight out of CD player with even my best cds, but I too have not played with other external DACs on the market. You can get the trial uDAC for 14 days, and all it costs is shipping and down payment.    

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Yes, this is #100 comment, phew lol. I have uDAC and really like it. They also have an uDAC HD now for headphone listening too. I picked the uDAC because I can hook up USB, Coax and Tos link, then change them at the flick of a switch. I was listening to SACDs and CDs from sony sacd player and out to a Musical Fidelity v-can amp for awhile. Then after switching to this I noticed improvement in sound from lossless files, which is what I was looking for from it. I think it improves the sound of my lossless files to better than straight out of CD player with even my best cds, but I too have not played with other external DACs on the market. You can get the trial uDAC for 14 days, and all it costs is shipping and down payment.    

 

I think you are confusing the uLINK with the uDAC. They are two different products. This thread is about the uLINK, which is a USB to S/PDIF converter, not a DAC.

 

I'm still interested in reading any more impressions of the uLINK. Has anyone else had a chance to try it?

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I think you are confusing the uLINK with the uDAC. They are two different products. This thread is about the uLINK, which is a USB to S/PDIF converter, not a DAC.

 

I'm still interested in reading any more impressions of the uLINK. Has anyone else had a chance to try it?

On the W4S site it's in the dac section, but you're right. I knew they were different but i didn't read about it until today. It says that if your dac doesn't have usb input then "Look No Further." As for quality and ease of set-up (even with my windows XP computer), if it's anything like my uDac, which it is, then you would not be disappointed. The big blue "W" only lights up when there's a signal going to it, so there's no confusion as to if you have it hooked up right. Anyway, you know you dig all those output options?

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Any sound comparisons with other usb/spdif devices?

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I have been listening to the uLink for a couple of months now.

 

What I can say is that it sounds much better than the digital out from my Transporter. I know that its an apples and oranges comparison. I'm using the Schiit Gungnir as a DAC. I switched from Squeezbox to USB with JRiver. Very happy with the switch.

 

The reason I bought the uLink is that I needed two digital outputs, a BNC for my Gungnir and an optical for my sub-woofer. The sound of both have improved by not a small margin. Deeper tighter bass, cleaner bigger better defined highs and mids. All good. I now feel that with the network Squeezebox I was polishing a turd. I'm now running the uLink off a 9v battery. Not sure about the sound differences with a battery, but its a no brain-er. When I bought the Gungnir I stayed away from their USB option, and bought it without. Glad I did.

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