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Looking for a inexpensive async USB to SPDIF converter

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

I'm not quite ready to invest in a nice prebuilt or kit DAC yet but I have some DAT tape decks I could use as DA converters for kicks and also a really cool mid 90s compact cassette deck that has RCA digital input which I also want to play with. They might not be the best DA converters but whatever.

I just want to get audio out of my workstation at work from USB to RCA spdif to drive them. Bonus if the USB controller is async. Don't need anything fancy.

Right now the only thing I can think of thats async and has SPDIF out for cheap is the udac but surely theres some DIY solution thats uglier and cheaper without the headphone amp right?

post #2 of 17

Budget?

post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
As cheap as possible.
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by shaocaholica View Post

As cheap as possible.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MUSE-HIFI-USB-to-S-PDIF-Converter-USB-DAC-PCM2704-Sound-card-/190937021969

post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks but I think the dac in that isn't async. There's a DIY dac that's async for $60 but no spdif :/
post #6 of 17

what would be your aim in looking for async ? if you looking for a better SQ, async are not necessarily better than sync. it all depends on the implementation.

 

For further choices, check this out

 

http://www.thewelltemperedcomputer.com/HW/USB_SPDIF.htm

post #7 of 17
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I guess I figured I'd go for async since it seemed to be pretty common and affordable. I'm just not familiar with every dac out there.

I might just spring for the udac-3 which is $125
post #8 of 17

Going for something that "seemed" is pretty useless. Just tell your DAC budget and what connections you must certainly have.
If you want cheap as possible then MUSE PCM2704: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MUSE-HiFi-PCM2704-USB-to-S-PDIF-Converter-DAC-Sound-Card-Silver-/360598939209?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Amplifiers&hash=item53f55f2649

post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by CoiL View Post

Going for something that "seemed" is pretty useless. Just tell your DAC budget and what connections you must certainly have.

If you want cheap as possible then MUSE PCM2704: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MUSE-HiFi-PCM2704-USB-to-S-PDIF-Converter-DAC-Sound-Card-Silver-/360598939209?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Amplifiers&hash=item53f55f2649

Are you saying I should go for a PCM2704 dac when I've already said I'm doing to get a udac3 that's async? I thought async was the thing to get these days???
post #10 of 17

Again, you thought. It`s pointless to get something if you don`t understand for what and why, especially when you want something that`s cheap as possible.

125$ is already a budget area where you have many choices and different sounding DAC`s to choose from.


Edited by CoiL - 10/20/13 at 3:23pm
post #11 of 17
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Again, you thought. It`s pointless to get something if you don`t understand for what and why, especially when you want something that`s cheap as possible.

125$ is already a budget area where you have many choices and different sounding DAC`s to choose from.

I know what asynchronous USB is.  Its available at my price point.  Why shouldn't I get it?  Is it audiophile snake oil?

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post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by JulioCat2 View Post

This one looks good

http://m.ebay.com/itm/141026791919?nav=SEARCH&sbk=1

Thanks!

post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by shaocaholica View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by CoiL View Post
 

Again, you thought. It`s pointless to get something if you don`t understand for what and why, especially when you want something that`s cheap as possible.

125$ is already a budget area where you have many choices and different sounding DAC`s to choose from.

I know what asynchronous USB is.  Its available at my price point.  Why shouldn't I get it?  Is it audiophile snake oil?

Theres only 1 way to know for sure. That is to audition it yourself.

 

Take out all the shenanigans and generally a converter will convert audio for our hearing 

post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by JulioCat2 View Post

This one looks good

http://m.ebay.com/itm/141026791919?nav=SEARCH&sbk=1

Generally, when things are priced as such, It becomes a headache for you to try and obtain more information about a product.

The one listed above would be something I definitely would not put my money on for a number of reasons. 1 being that you have no idea if this thing has its own power supply and if it does, does it provide a clean and consistent .5vppm 

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