Hey Head-Fi posters,
I come here with my brain fizzing full of clashing information. Some threads rather out dated, and others that change topic off the USB upgrade versus the Uber Analog. Everything is so conflicting, I'm hoping making a quick thread that can perhaps help me out.
To quickly explain my setup; I'm currently rocking the Bifrost (with Uber Analong, but no USB), Asgard 2, and Sennheiser HD 600's. My DAC is connected to my computer via SPDIF (Digital Optical), and set to 24/96. I however try to do 24/192, and no sound comes through. I spoke to Asus (motherboard) support, they wanted me to RMA my board because they advertise it can support it, but personally I doubt that would be/fix the issue.
I have both sides of the spectrum yelling and screaming about SPDIF vs USB, and it turns out USB is better to the majority. I read cymbals are more crisp, and the bass is more deep; but is it really worth $100 or $150 more for the USB Gen 2 upgrade. All I do on my computer is rip CD's lossless, and generally listen to classical (The Piano Guys anyone?), or variants of upbeat music with good bass lines. I do game as well, but have a separate microphone so the headphones are always being used.
All in all, the question comes down to the thread title and why.
If yes, I'm looking far and wide to no avail—hoping one of you can lead me in the direction how to self install the upgrade if I decide to get it. I live in Canada, and the customs are quite harsh so sending something there and back would be quite costly. Does it require soldering, or simple is it simple attachments and correct screw placements? Schiit doesn't list any instructions of course either, besides the fact you should essentially be grounded.
By the end of the day, would one consider it even worth the upgrade when all I do is listen to music lossless? Would the quality be significant enough to go through the trouble? I'm expecting some biased opinions out of this, but personally any information would be more than appreciated.
Thank you very much for reading/posting,