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Is there such a thing as an Optical/SPDIF to USB cable?

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I'm wondering if there is a cable/converter that will allow me to connect the optical output from my Squeezebox Classic to a USB input on an outboard DAC like the Schiit Modi. I would like to try the Modi with the Squeezebox but it only takes USB input.

 

Does such a cable exist?

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I'm wondering if there is a cable/converter that will allow me to connect the optical output from my Squeezebox Classic to a USB input on an outboard DAC like the Schiit Modi. I would like to try the Modi with the Squeezebox but it only takes USB input.

 

Does such a cable exist?


No.

 

The data stream over SPDIF and USB-audio are fundamentally different. You need a computer (or equivalent device) that can read in the SPDIF source and stream the data to a USB-audio sound output device (e.g., your Schiit Modi).

 

Cheers

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No.

 

The data stream over SPDIF and USB-audio are fundamentally different. You need a computer (or equivalent device) that can read in the SPDIF source and stream the data to a USB-audio sound output device (e.g., your Schiit Modi).

 

Cheers

That's what I thought. I was hoping I was wrong because there are some nice USB DAC's out there that I think would be an improvement over the Squeezebox's internal unit. I guess I'll just have to save up a bit more $$'s and get the Bifrost Uber or something similar.

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