Originally Posted by Jaybo
Can anyone compare sound quality for USB vs. Toslink on the Schiit Uber?
Wondering if there is a need to go for the USB upgrade, or if sound quality will be nearly as good using optical out of my Mac?
Ok, this isn't going to be a 3 page write up or a blind A/B testing on 20 songs, but:
I do have the Uber and when it was initially received used exclusively USB to my iMac. Always sounded great,
on a whim I picked up a toslink cable and tried it, and immediately lost "features" which lead to a degradation in sound clarity, separation, sounds stage.
1. iMac toslink can only output 24/96. "lost" some resolution obviously from 24/192 files and a few DSD tracks.
2. I LOVE Audirvana+ software as it has a great Integer mode feature for DACs that squeezes every last drop of clarity, tight bass, soundstage of out the source tracks.
alas, Audirvana+ can not do Int mode to the BiFrost Uber when hooked up via Toslink, only over USB.
the combination of equipment, software and tracks means I'll always be using Bifrost Uber with USB from here on out.
If you want a good but cheap Toslink cable drop me a PM.