Originally Posted by ThurstonX @PinkLed
I've got a very similar setup, right down to the CPU and ASRock mobo (Z75 Pro3).
Why not run USB into the Bifrost? I've gone back and forth between RCA digital coax (from an M-Audio Delta 192) and USB (both connected to the Bifrost, so comparing is as easy as changing the Output setting in foobar2000 and pressing the button on the Bifrost), and I find I prefer USB, though it's a marginal thing. I swear I hear a bit better bass via USB, though really, I could go either way. I've never bothered with the onboard TOSLINK into the Bifrost. Honestly, I consider that good enough only for my HTPC (digital TV audio). Snobs unite!
So, my advice is to plug a USB cable into the Bifrost (drivers needed, if not already installed), and then do a little A/Bing. Run in WASAPI Event Mode for both. WASAPI foobar component is excellent.
FWIW, I just use a 2m Amazon Basics cable (the one that glows blue on the ends
). Works just fine in my rig. I prefer to spend my hundreds on tubes and cans.
I think Sch**t improved the built in USB to support Asynchronous 2.0 USB. But it was an option on the BiFrost? Also, I think folks have had good sucess with the Uber upgrade board.
Well, your Amazon Basics cable may 'work fine' but a higher quailty spdif rca cable will improve the sound. Of course until you hear a better cable, it's hard to know what you're missing. It's that additive, subtractive thing about audio - you know when something sounds better when you hear it...but if you never hear it...
I've had about a dozen usb cables between my Musiland and pc servers - they each had a different sound quaility. Of course there is a point of diminishing returns. I use Audiogon and buy my cables used (usually 1/2 of new)m and resell them for pretty close to what I paid. This gives a way of listening to different cables at min cost.
So far the best is the Synergistic Research Tesla USB & Silnote Poseidon USB. Worst was the Cardas blue USB.
In case any one was wondering.
Edit: Sorry those were my picks for top Spdif rca to rca digital cables. The Synergistic Research Tesla Digital and Creative Cable Green Hornet Spdif rcaEdited by rb2013 - 5/27/14 at 8:46pm