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How is everyone connecting their Computer to their DAC?

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Laptop via USB?

Laptop via SPDIF?

Computer via USB?

Computer via SPDIF?

Computer via coaxial?

 

Whats the best?

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I use USB 2.0.

Foobar2000 --->PC--->USB--->Grace Design m903 Amp/DAC ---> Denon AH-D2000 or JH Audio 10 x3 Pro IEM.

 

I have read that some of the "murk" from USB listening can be removed using SPDIF, but it really depends on how the DAC interprets the signal.  There are going to be DAC units that sound better using USB vs SPDIF.

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dupe post


Edited by TheKillerPiglet - 1/11/13 at 12:39pm
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JRiver ASIO > USB > VLink192 > SPDIF > Audio Note 3.1x Bal.

 

KP
 

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Originally Posted by webegrubbin View Post

Laptop via USB?

Laptop via SPDIF?

Computer via USB?

Computer via SPDIF?

Computer via coaxial?

 

Whats the best?

 

USB has the lowest jitter, but that doesn't always make it the the best choice. For me.

 

  Laptop via USB.

  Desktop via USB.

 

1 each.

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USB from computer > USB receiver output (I2S) directly to the DAC chip.
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KillerPiglet, what differences did you notice using the Vlink192 vs. USB to the DAC?

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The Audio Note has XLR and RCA inputs/outputs, but no USB.
 

KP


Edited by TheKillerPiglet - 1/11/13 at 4:48pm
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Desktop or laptop via USB then USB32 chip directly to DAC chip.

 

Works the same way SPDIF, but less steps.

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Hi,

I go over USB, but in the USB line I have a box called iUSB, I have been told it is a power supply. 

So:

Laptop -> USB -> iUSB Box -> USB -> DAC

When I asked about USB vs SPDIF I was told that SPDIF is really bad. This makes sense to me as when I was buying a serious HiFi in the 90's I ended up with a Naim CDS, two boxes, but not separate Transport and DAC as was the fashion then. In some ways the iUSB and Dac is similar, one Power box and one for all the processing and audio.


Edited by bedlam inside - 1/12/13 at 11:45am
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USB is ubiquitous and a simple solution for digital output, no improvements so far I know using expensive cables or high speed connectors.


Edited by squallkiercosa - 1/12/13 at 12:53pm
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USB -> V-Link 192 -> Audio Research DAC 7
 

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Upcoming:

 

C.A.P.S.

 

(SOtM tX-USB Audiophile PCI to USB Audio Card)  -->  (SOtM dX-USB-HD Audiophile Asynchronous USB Interface for 24/192 Playback)  -- > (AES / EBU)  PWD2 / M51

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PC -> short USB extension cable (anti-USB-port-stress) -> Hiface Two -> Coax cable -> NFB-17.2

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PC>Audioquest Cinammon USB cable>Audiophilleo2 >coax input to Burson Conductor

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